Opisthocomus hoazin

Fascinating Facts


Swamps, forests, and freshwater mangroves. They exclusively eat swamp plants (leaves, roots, and flowers), enabled by their enlarged crop which ferments their food before entering the gut. They are also called “stinkbirds” because this process creates an unpleasant odor similar to cow manure.

Status in the Wild

Least Concern – IUCN 2012


South America, mostly in the Amazon and Orinoco river basins.

Location in the Zoo

Reptiles and Birds Zone of the Sculpture Learning Plaza

Animals & Exhibits