The Hoatzin kind of looks like it’s always having a bad hair day. Beyond that, they smell!
Hoatzins earn the nickname “stinkbird” because they eat only leaves, produce methane, and belch often—and their burps smell like manure. They’re not a bird you’d invite to dinner.
Hoatzins seem to be about one step removed from dinosaurs; babies are born with claws protruding from their wings, which can be used to climb back up to their nest in a tree if they are forced to jump out to evade a predator. They’re about the size of a pheasant and clumsily wander around the forest floor looking for food.
Fun fact: If you can believe it, these funky-looking birds are most closely related to cranes and plovers.
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