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Boat-Billed Heron
Cochlearius cochlearius
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.
I have a curiosity as to why some birds are named by the same name repeated such as Cochlearius cochlearius, or Anginga anginga.
It seems it could mean that it the only one species of that genus, as to say the one and only???
Bubba said, “Birds often communicate with social signals. The Boat-billed Heron have developed most
signals different from other heron; only two of the twelve most common displays in the Boat-bills repertoire
are like that of the heron. Instead of the visual signals, characteristic of most heron communication, theBoat-billed heron relies more on acoustic signals, both vocal and mechanical, that penetrate the mangrove tangle more efficiently. The large bill also serves as a resonator, producing single and multiple bill-pops that
resemble loud human handclaps.


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Yes one of my favorites

хорошая! знатный уродец! :)

Хорошо сказал. Этот перевод хорошо.

That bird has an expression all of its own!

unique yes and apparently one of a kind taxonomicly.

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can you answer my question about the name being repeated? like the Anginga anginga, species and genius being the same? whats that mean?

the bird looks funny and stupid) Lovely one)

Спасибо, рад что понравилось.:))

I think you're right on about the genus/species thing. Considering the fact that the Linnaeus system makes extra certain that no two species names are the same within a genus, it seems like these animals would be considered an oddity and it has been decided that they exist in a class all of their own.

This little guy certainly does, I've never seen such an entertainingly absurd bird before.

I did some more poking around online:

From this, apparently it was put in monotypic family all of its own, so it probably was once known as (family) Cochlearidae (genus) cochlearius (species) cochlearius - completely its own family - until pretty recently when it became 'regarded' more as the Ardeidae family/herons.

There is nothing too special about the genus and species names being the same. As I can understand, it is used for typical representatives of the gender, like Bufo bufo. For some more usual bird they would rather use "vulgaris" as a species name.

Nice picture of a very funny guy, btw.

Well, perhaps you can clear this up, because I find it interesting. Wouldn't the classification mean that the first of the known species was the archetype? So then if its the only one, the name sticks and you don't find the classification of any other species within that same genus? Or is it usually such that when a certain genus of animals is discovered, taxonomists always start with the same species name as the genus name - and how would you classify that as the 'archetype' - just that the animal has all of the primary features within that genus?

Just curious. I find taxonomy ('the naming of things') pretty interesting. :)

I am not a big specialist in taxonomy, but afaik there is no general rule for this. And the first-discovered species of the new genus will not necessary be an archetype.

Just did a quick research.

The only species of the genus - Belonesox belizanus, Kner (1860)

Some potential "archetypes":
Bufo bufo
Rana temporaria
Columba livia

So, as I was saying - no rules.

If We discover a new fish lets call it snorkelious snorkelsteinus ;-)

Okay, I see what you're saying - I guess then that Cochlearius cochlearius is one of many exceptions, not the rule - when it comes to monotypic genus/species types, and I wonder how often that happens (although in that case it was because of a mistaken family classification) - I see what you mean about the bufo genus considering it contains more than 150 species of toad, bufo bufo being the common toad, and that doesn't necessarily mean the 'archetype' is under the double genus/species name.

Its kind of funny how little organization there is when it comes to taxonomy. You'd think the system thats been in place for so long would have a few more rules so as not to confuse.

As the rule does not exist, how can we call anything an exception?

Usually things are grouped into a genus, and then based on the characteristics of a newly discovered species, it is either given a new genus name or is grouped with an existing genus. The species name is the thing that is most likely to change, and the thing that most taxonomists tend to argue about.

-Gina (who works with taxonomic names 5 days a week.)

Oh and whoever discovers the genus first gets to name it.

Yeah, I replied already to snorkelstein but I wasn't logged in so it was screened. I was just saying I understood it wasn't a rule when there was the same genus/species name, just that I can see how that 'exception' occurred with the boat-billed heron, because of the fact it was lumped into a monotypic family and named as such and then later considered part of the heron family.

What do you mean by "archetype?" There are so many different genuses and species of animals.

I just meant the archetype that fit into the genus that gives all of the species those similar characteristics to be grouped in a single genus. :) I know species can vary widely, but isn't a genus classification usually grouped with some very distinct similar characteristics?

Thanks for sharing. I never seen a beak like that.

this is the most funny
bird from all that I saw))Thanks))

Спасибо, рад что понравилось.:))

He's gorgeous - and thanks for the information about him. Fascinating. I'm not entirely sure if he's strangely-proportioned or not; nature seems to have found a rather precarious and delicate balance with this one. Anyway, thank you! I haven't been replying much but I always love your posts.

Thanks, Its all fun for me . I lurk a little at the downunder site. Looks like your enjoying yourself also.

Wow, that is one bird of a different feather (sorry for the pun!)

It's cute looking, but at the same time the large nocturnal eyes and odd bill would make it a good candidate for a night time appearance in a horror movie :p

This bird is strange and funny but beautiful

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I had to google Rattus Rattus, i'll remember that one :-)

I promise this is true last night i went to brush my teeth before i went to sleep and saw this guy at the sink hiding behind the candle holder, Rattus rattus ! :-)

Your photos are fabulous (as is this bird!), so I'm afraid I must add you as a friend. Do add me back if you'd like to, my journal is new and mostly for and about my art... and some strange 'wordages'.

Thank you , Very nice journal.

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