Location: South America - Amazon Basin and surroundings
Status: Least Concern (considered inedible)
Stinkbird? Hoatzins eat mostly young green leaves from rain forest plants.
An enlarged foregut containing bacteria helps them break down cellulose
and digest their food, an arrangement similar to that found in cattle.
When it has been ingested, the plant materials are fermented which gives
the bird a fairly foul odor, earning them the common name of Stinkbird
The foregut of the Hoatzin accounts for a quarter of the bird’s weight,
and is so large that there is little room for flight muscles. In spend time resting it foregut on branches while it ruminates
Ever since I was 8 years old, pouring through David Attenborough’s “Life on Earth” (yes, I was that much of a geek), the Hoatzin has fascinated me. I mean, the babies have claws on their freakin’ wings! Claws! On their wings! And they have a sort of rumen-type digestive system…like a cow! They’re like thirteen different types of awesome! - Paul Ollig, photographer