French: Savacou huppé German: Kahnschnabel Spanish: Martinete cucharón
Subspecies and Distribution
C. c. zeledoni
(Ridgway, 1885) – Northern Boat-billed Heron – WC Mexico (Sinaloa to Guerrero).
C. c. phillipsi
Dickerman, 1973 – E Mexico (S Tamaulipas to Quintana Roo), Belize and N Guatemala.
C. c. ridgwayi
Dickerman, 1973 – S Mexico to W Costa Rica.
C. c. panamensis
Griscom, 1926 – E Costa Rica and Panama, and NW Colombia (Chocó).
C. c. cochlearius
Linnaeus, 1766 – Southern Boat-billed Heron – E Panama to the Guianas, and Amazonia S to E Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay and NE Argentina.
45–53·5 cm; male 680–770 g, female 503–726 g. Very distinctive heron, most likely to be confused with widely sympatric Nycticorax nycticorax... read more
Vocalizes frequently, giving “an, an, an, an” or “oh, oh, an-an” in flight or when fleeing... read more
Mangroves and other kinds of dense forest along coastal rivers, margins of freshwater creeks, lakes... read more
Food and feeding
Variety of shrimps (Panaeus, Macrobrachium), other crustacea, insects, amphibians and fish (Mugil, ... read more
Season related to rains: Jun–Jul in W Mexico; at least Mar–Jun in Honduras; Feb–Jul in E Costa Rica; Jun–Sept in N... read more
Basically sedentary. Mainly recorded during dry season at some well-inventoried localities in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread, generally found in all suitable habitat within range; no details available on true status and population sizes. Common... read more
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