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Large brown bird with beige breast and tips of tail feathers. It has a beige crest and a bright blue face.
They are literally along almost every river in the Amazon rainforest of SE Ecuador. The one in fotos #2&3 is eating leaves along the river, their sole diet. They sometimes feed quite low and roost higher at night. FYI- the map on Wikipedia is incorrect. The Hoatzin is found much further west in Ecuador than shown.
They often spread their wings and emit a loud long hissing sound. For that reason the natives have named them "saasa" said slowly and nasally to imitate the sound the bird makes. They are considered inedible so don't have much fear of people allowing one to get reasonably close for pictures. I have videos of their hissing display as well as eating leaves but don't know how to get them on here.
Spotted on Sep 17, 2012
Submitted on Jan 28, 2019
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