Cocoi Heron (Ardea cocoi)

Order: Pelecaniformes | Family: Ardeidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Madre de Dios, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Lambayeque, Peru

Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Madre de Dios, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Madre de Dios, Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~115 cm (45.3 in). The Cocoi Heron has a black cap and belly, gray back and wings, and white neck and breast. Juvenile birds are darker overall and have gray necks. It forages in a variety of habitat types always near water. The size and color pattern of the Cocoi Heron are unmistakable but see Black-crowned Night-Heron.

Status: The Cocoi Heron is the most common and visible heron in Amazonia. It is less common in extreme northwest Peru and a vagrant in wetlands further south. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, Bo, and Ch.

Name in Spanish: Garza Cuca.

Sub-species: Cocoi Heron (Ardea cocoi) Linnaeus, 1766.

Meaning of Name: Ardea: L. Heron. cocoi: Tupi, Amerindian name for this heron.

See more of the Family Ardeidae   peru aves

Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 01/01/2015.