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The four foot tall South American Cocoi heron (Ardea cocoi) spends much of the day wading in shallow water at the edges of rivers, oxbow lakes, and marshes. It has a black cap, white neck, orange-colored bill, and blackish belly. Like several other species of South American birds, part of this heron’s name is derived from the language of the indigenous culture that was situated along the Atlantic coast of Brazil before the arrival of the Portuguese. The Tupi referred to this large heron as the “Cocoi” or “bird with a hopping walk”.
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