Opisthocomus hoazin


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Related to Opisthocomus hoazin: Canje Pheasant, Opisthocomiformes
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Synonyms for Opisthocomus hoazin

crested ill-smelling South American bird whose young have claws on the first and second digits of the wings

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Two relatively widespread, although not species rich, families are represented at the South American sites, but not in Panama: Opisthocomidae (Hoatzins, Opisthocomus hoazin) and Psophiidae (screamers).
The horned screamer (Anhima cornuta), a fat black bird with a loud, trumpetlike cry, nests on the banks, together with the noisy hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin).
Pitelka et al., 1955 [C] Andersson and Gotmark, 1980 [C] Opisthocomus hoazin Strahl and Schmitz, 1990 [C] Corvus spp.
Strahl discovered that the hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin) is the only bird known to digest food in the same way as cows, sheep and other ruminants--using bacteria to break down fibrous plant material in a special foregut chamber above its stomach.