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Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin)

After a fairly rainy afternoon the sun came out around 4.00 p.m. and some of us went on one last canoe trip. Sadly that too was curtailed by rain, but not before I was able to photograph some birds.

A highlight of the whole trip for me was seeing hoatzins. I remembered them for reading about them as a child, but hadn't realised that I would see them. They were very common in this area, though it was only on this last afternoon I managed a decent photo.

Hoatzins are incredible birds and totally different to any other species on earth. The Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin) is a bird, considered a relic from the age of the dinosaurs. They represent the only living member of the family Opisthocomidae, and its close relatives probably died out long ago. When young, hoatzins have claws on their wings. This feature is a remnant from what is considered the first species of bird, Archaeopteryx, which lived about 150 million years ago.

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Taken on April 18, 2011