The Hoatzin, aka Stink bird

Courtesy Penn State

Wild Bird Wednesday

The Hoatzin is an interesting bird with a CLAW on its wing! It’s also called the Stink Bird, and most humans are not interested in hunting it. It smells really, really bad because of its digestive system – much like a cow’s, it produces stinky methane gas.

Photo Courtesy Penn State

The odd little claw on the wing is said to help hoatzin chicks to climb – in case they fall into the Amazon River and need to climb back up to their nest.

This is one bird I don’t want to add to my collection!

Learn more about the Hoatzin at this site.


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