Maybe the way it stands. This funny looking bird, a Boat-billed Heron, is found in Costa Rica. I saw them when I was there on research. They certainly look very little like the herons of New York. I wish I photographed the birds in nature, but these birds currently reside at the Buffalo Zoo in the M&T Rainforest Falls Exhibit. It is a large free-flight exhibit with a variety of colorful birds.
This bird is not only funny looking, it looks shifty and a little grumpy all the time. It has those giant eyes for night hunting and it is a little disconcerting when one of these birds is looking right at you. Not like they could hurt you, just like they want too. But of course, I get that feeling with a lot of zoo animals, but at least you are not invited into their enclosures!
Boat-billed herons are found in mangrove swamps near rivers and wetland. This is similar to our herons, some of which came here from places like Costa Rica. The green heron is found both places. In the gallery below, the males raise their crest and both birds chatter with their beaks. The female below looks a little annoyed. Since they look the same, I am not absolutely sure which one is the female.
Check out last post on marsh birds to see a Black-crowned Night Heron. I can see a little similarity to that bird.