All around the world the beauty of nature represents an exciting celebration of vibrant textures, colors and variable shapes. Both, creationist and evolutionist cannot deny the magnificent splendor of multiple species that surround us. Despite of the diversity and uncommon prototypes found in all continents, in the Amazon Rainforest, there is a particular animal that captivates and puzzles believers and scientist equally because of its unusual appearance, nature and lifestyle. This amazing specimen has been called the world’s rarest bird because many of its features and characteristics remain without logical scientific explanations.
The Hoatzin, also known as ‘Stinkbird’ is one of the strangest tropical birds found in riparian forests, inswamps and mangroves of South America. This unique bird has been in the spotlight for biologist and scientist worldwide because its taxonomic position is still under debate and remains far from clear. This rare animal has a long neck, a small head with an unfeathered blue face that contrasts with its big maroon eyes. At the top it is adorned by a spiky brightful crest while its body is covered by a mixture of orange, beige and brownish shades. It is pheasant-sized, with a total length of 26 inches,
Other interesting facts about the Amazon Hoatzin are its unusual digestive system and evolution record. Even if the ‘stinkfish’ is an herbivore type, and its diet consists of 80% leaves, 10% flowers and fruits to a lesser degree, it has a digestive system unique amongst birds. What makes this animal so peculiar is that it uses bacterial fermentation to break down the vegetable substances they consume and this process produces a repulsive odor due to the compounds in the leaves. Besides digesting food like cows and other ruminants do, it has claws on their wings that allow climbing trees like monkeys. And it also has the ability to become an expert underwater swimmer before learning to fly.
Hoatzins are gregarious which nest in small colonies. Their nests are actually unlined platforms of twigs on branches 6.5 to 16.5 feet high. As a natural rule, these nests must be built above water. For that reason it is very possible for tourist to see them when adventuring and exploring the Amazon Rainforest in trips or luxury cruises. These birds are seasonal breeders; they breed during the rainy season.
Fortunately, the disgusting smell and reputation for a bad taste has kept the Hoatzin family free from threaten. Even though their appearance is quite attractive for its rareness, the stinkbirds are rarely hunted which means that Guyana’s national bird survival remains more assured than other bird species with better flight abilities. Advantage Ecuador invites you to behold one of the nature’s oddest gift which can only be found in the Amazon Rainforest.