Animals You May Not Have Heard About: Hoatzin

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The hoatzin is found in Ecuador and is a very strange bird, it has an extremely strange smell reported to smell like fresh cow-manure, so much so that it is known locally as the ‘Stink Bird’.

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The hoatzin is very popular with evolutionary scientists as they believe it is the missing link between reptiles and birds, similar to Archaeopteryx. For this reason they are becoming more well known to general public.

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 images.jpegHoatzins are not very good fliers as they have a small sternum and so do not have strong muscles for flapping their wings, after a large meal many hoatzins are seen resting with their beaks open and wings drooped.

 

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