Opisthocomidae – Hoatzin

Hoatzin ( Opisthocomus hoazin) by Ian

Hoatzin ( Opisthocomus hoazin) by Ian

So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:21 NKJV)


CLASS – AVES, Order – OPISTHOCOMIFORMES, Family – Opisthocomidae – Hoatzin


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Opisthocomus
Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin)

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Ian Montgomery’s Birdway
Keith Blomerley – Videographer
Kent Nickell


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The Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin), also known as the Hoactzin, Stinkbird, or Canje Pheasant, is a species of tropical bird found in swamps, riverine forest and mangrove 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.

It is the only member of the genus Opisthocomus (Ancient Greek: “wearing long hair behind”, referring to its large crest[clarification needed]),[2] which in turn is the only extant genus in the family Opisthocomidae. The taxonomic position of this family has been greatly debated, and is still far from clear. (Wikipedia with editing)

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Hoatzin by Keith Blomerley

A Hoatzin with its young one by Keith


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