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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.


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)

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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.

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.

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 :-)

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.