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Opisthocomus hoazin


A prehistoric bird endemic to the the Amazon River Basin.


Found nesting in low trees along oxbow lakes in the Amazon rain forest. This particular shot was taken on the Madre de Dios river in Bolivia.


Young hoatzins have hooks on their wings, similar to the prehistoric Archaeopteryx of the late Jurassic period.

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40 Comments (1–25)

rams4d 10 years ago

Nice spot

Sara, if your picture is identifiable you can still post it as every record counts, the more the better. We do not want to count just the very good pictures, we want to photographically document as many sightings as possible

SaraSinger 10 years ago

We spotted this bird near some giant water lillies while cruising the Peruvian Amazon. They were in trees in a conservation area near the Maranon River last week. We did photograph it, and the photo matches, but our photo is no where near the quality. Thanks!

Billo-kun 10 years ago

Hermoso! :) <3

williefromwi 11 years ago

Fantastic post and spotting GregMayberry

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Congratulations Greg
Wonderful Photo and spotting !

MaryEvans2 11 years ago

Congrats and wonderful photo and spotting

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

Wonderful bird... Nice work Greg... Congrats for SOTD..!!

DanielePralong 11 years ago

Beautiful! Congratulations.

Congrats on SOTD. It looks like a spiky version of our Great Spotted Cuckoo!

RubyJean 11 years ago

WOW-such diversity

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 11 years ago

Congratulations GregMayberry

Atul 11 years ago

well deserved Sotd , Congrats!

achmmad 11 years ago

Beautiful bird!

CarolSnowMilne 11 years ago

Beautiful! Congratulations!

Jake Barnes
Jake Barnes 11 years ago

That's a very interesting and cool bird, great picture too

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 11 years ago

Wow! this bird looks like it got a hair job in a salon! Awesome picture.

patty 11 years ago

Nice picture and bird =)

DiveMUster 11 years ago

Congrats on the SoTD and lovely photo!

peter 11 years ago

Thanks for sharing this fascinating and cool looking bird with us Greg! We've chosen it as spotting of the day!

"Have you ever seen a punk rock bird? Hoatzins are a prehistoric species of tropical bird endemic to the Amazon River Basin. Young hoatzins have hooks on their wings, similar to the prehistoric Archaeopteryx of the late Jurassic period."


rutasandinas 11 years ago

Wow muy bella

DonnaPomeroy 11 years ago

love your photo!

ArushiMisra 11 years ago

Its a perfect treat to the eye seeing such a great spotting....
And one word it fits the best.. "Wow" ... amazing. hats off to this one./

LaurieWinters 11 years ago

Very cool!

Curator of Good
Curator of Good 11 years ago

cool shot

Spotted by

Municipio Ixiamas, La Paz, Bolivia

Spotted on Jul 12, 2007
Submitted on Jan 2, 2012

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