Hoatzin, Madidi National Park, BoliviaThe hoatzin, although not necessarily the most attractive bird in the world, does have its unique charm. I photographed this one in the Bolivian Amazon at Madidi National Park. These pheasant-sized birds are rare in that they eat only leaves. Due to their diet, they have a bit of a manure-like smell to them and are often called stink birds. To be fair, I kind of liked the smell.
Nikon D300 with Nikkor 200-400mm lens (at 400mm) ISO 800, f/5.6 at 1/500th of a second

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  1. mom February 9, 2018 at 5:33 am #

    Looks like a chicken.

    • Sean Crane February 9, 2018 at 12:52 pm #

      True. Definitely a bit chickenesque.

  2. Susan Rubeo February 9, 2018 at 7:22 am #

    Very colorful but a “Stinky Bird” how unique
    Never knew one existed , another Sean Special!

    Aunt Sue

  3. Anne Carter February 9, 2018 at 9:01 am #

    It’s head looks like a crown jewel to me. Beauty is in the eye.

  4. Sue February 9, 2018 at 9:07 am #

    Perhaps from a distance most would think they are beautiful. I like its contrasting colors. That blue eye shadow is really something!

  5. michael huber February 11, 2018 at 1:02 am #

    great bird to bad he has to stink, great pic. great color ect. )

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