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Opisthocomus hoazin


Very colorful bird, easy to approach. Markings as per the attached photos. It looks like some mythological dragon photos I have seen.


This one was spotted on a tributary in the upper Amazon River basin. Thick rain forested area.

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AshleyT 5 years ago

Last one, Jim! Congrats, your beautiful Hoatzin has made the top 10 bird spottings in the '2015 Best Wildlife Photo' mission! Rangers are voting on the top 10 bird spottings, and the top 3 will be announced on February 1st. The top 3 spottings will be commented on here on the site, but make sure you keep a look out on our Facebook app page for the announcement as well! Congratulations on making the top 10!

KarenSaxton 6 years ago

They'll be up in a couple of weeks. I have a ton to sort through :)

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 6 years ago

Karen...I am looking forward to seeing the pics.

KarenSaxton 6 years ago

They are really cool birds. I have pics(not yet posted) of a nest with two hatchlings

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 6 years ago

I love Peru!

M.A. Orendan
M.A. Orendan 6 years ago

Hello James! Thanks for following me, and I hope one day my photos will be as good as yours!

Desmond.E.S.O 6 years ago

I really like these birds! And I hope to see one the wild!

doreen.chambers.14 6 years ago


Jim Nelson
Spotted by
Jim Nelson

Capelo, Loreto, Peru

Spotted on Sep 12, 2014
Submitted on Jan 29, 2015


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