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Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
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Genus:Cochlearius
Species:cochlearius

Long thought to belong to a family all its own, this unique-looking, rather nocturnal bird has been reclassified as a member of the heron family. Dwelling in mangrove swamps from Mexico down to Peru and Brazil, it uses its strange beak to advantage, consuming a broad range of small animals. It thrives and breeds well in captivity, including the DWA.