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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Cochlearidae
Boatbill Cochleariius cochlearius is an odd bird related to the herons. It derives its name from its broad scoop-like bill.

It lives in mangrove swamps from Mexico south to Peru and Brazil.

It is nocturnal, and nests in trees, laying 2-4 eggs.

The Boatbill makes up one of the families in the order Ciconiiformes, which also includes other wading bird groups:


However, it is also often considered to be a heron in the family Ardeidae, rather than being given family status.

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