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Cocoi heron

(Ardea cocoi)

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Description

A large heron,the cocoi can measure 95–127 cm (37–50 in) in length,stand up to 100–130 cm (39–51 in) in height and weigh 1.14–3.2 kg (2.5–7.1 lb).Its markings are not dissimilar to a grey heron's,but it is darker with a longer neck and crest.It has a bright orange beak and dull orange legs,and whilst perched holds its neck in an S shape characteristic of all herons.In flight,it is slow and graceful but appears scrawny due to its neck and large wings.The cocoi heron is extremely similar to its North American and European counterparts,the great blue heron and grey heron,with which the cocoi heron forms a superspecies.

Taxonomic tree:

Domain:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum:
Class: Aves
Order:Pelecaniformes
Family:Ardeidae
Genus:Ardea
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