The Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin) a vegetarian ruminant bird is also known as the Hoactzin, Stinkbird, or Canje Pheasant. It is a 24in. long pheasant-sized species of tropical bird found in swamps, riverine forest and mangroves of the Amazon and the Orinoco delta in South America. It is notable for having chicks that possess claws on two of their wing digits. Image: ©Christopher Plummer. Taken at La Selva Lodge, Ecuador. post by jujuba
The Plush-crested Jay (Cyanocorax chrysops) is a jay of the family Corvidae (which includes the crows and their many allies). It is found in central-southern South America: in southwestern Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, and northeastern Argentina, including southern regions of the Amazon Basin river systems bordering the Pantanal.
The Amazon rainforest, a well-known epicenter of biodiversity, has offered up another trove of riches. The treasure takes the form of 15 newly described bird species. Some are tiny. One has a long, curved bill. Another is super fluffy. All live in the southern Amazon, most of them in an area known as the “arc of deforestation.”
The Hoatzin is a primitive pheasant sized, brown feathered bird which has lighter colored under feathers, blue faces, maroon colored eyes and spiky feathers crowning its head. It's head is quite small and its neck is quite large. The Hoatzin can be found mainly throughout the swamps of the Amazon rainforest and Orinoco Delta of South America and they are sometimes refered to as the 'stinkbird' as they have an odor like that of manure.