The Hoatzin is a unique denizen of the tropical rainforests of the Amazon in South America. They are fairly widespread across northern and central South America within their rainforest homes, and you can find them fairly frequently beside bodies of water (particularly oxbow lakes and rivers). They spend most of their lives living in the riparian (riverside) vegetation. In fact, they nest in trees and branches that hang over the water! The Hoatzin is about the size of a turkey, with a large rufous coloured crest on top of its head, and blue scaly skin around its large red eye (Hoyo et al 1996). So they look… pretty strange. Strap yourselves in, and hold onto your hats because we’re only just getting started! Physically, behaviourally, and even historically, the Hoatzin is pretty damn weird. Let’s find out what this means!
When I was a child dreaming of helping animals (as Steve Irwin, of course) all sorts of creatures were at the forefront of my mind. But there was one kind of animal that very rarely featured in little Angus’ mind: frogs. Now, after my time in Madagascar, I have a whole new appreciation for these incredible little fellas, who need all the help we can get. SO! In this post we have a doozy of an amphibian! Prepare yourself to meet the one, the only, the incredible lemur leaf frog!