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Tambo Blanquillo - Stay in a family owned Manu Lodge and discover The Wonders of the Peruvian Jungle
Av. Nicolás de Piérola 265
Barranco, Lima 04 – Perú
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FAMILY BIRDS

Opisthocomidae

Noisy and distinctive, spending most of their time perched in trees. Tend to be sociable and call in unison with a variety of hoarse voices.

 


Hoatzin

Opisthocomus hoazin

Hoatzin

Hoatzin

Appearance:

  • Very distinctive with a long, spiky crest, bright blue facial skin, and red eyes.
  • The neck is long and the head small.
  • The long, sooty-brown tail is broadly tipped buff.
  • The upperparts are dark, sooty-brown-edged buff on the wing coverts, and streaked buff on the mantle and nape. The underparts are buff.
  • The flanks are rich rufous-chestnut, mainly visible when it opens its wings.
  • It is 65cm long and weighs 700 to 900g.

Behaviour:

  • They are gregarious and nest in small colonies.
  • The chicks have two claws on each wing. Immediately after hatching, they are able to use these to scramble around tree branches.
  • Because of its digestive system, it gives off an unpleasant, manure-like smell.

Voice:

  • A variety of hoarse calls including groans, croaks, hisses and grunts.
  • When defending the nest they make a loud, raspy, nasal, wheezy hiss.

Where & how to spot in Manu:

  • They move awkwardly and can give themselves away with sounds of crashing through the vegetation.
  • The stick nest is usually built in a tree hanging over water in seasonally flooded forests.
  • See them near oxbow lakes, along trails or perching on trees.

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