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Ambergris's Boat-Billed Heron

A young male Boat-bill enjoying his inconspicuous roost in the mangroves.
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wow very cool. love it. click to see the big one for sure to see close into his eyes

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Large dark eyes indicate that it is mostly a bird of nocturnal habit.
The most unique thing about the boat-bill is the way it uses its bill to create a noise, like a resounding clap, to communicate with other Boat-Bills with in the mangrove forest. The bill is a resonator. Taxonomist are all over the map about its relationships with the heron, crane, stork or possible a unique classification of its on.


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