Still, zologically considered, the hoatzin is probably the most remarkable and interesting bird living on the earth today.
The flight of the hoatzin resembles that of an over-fed hen.
But it is not nearly so long as in the hoatzin, and there is no terminal claw.
This was the real home of the birds, and this plant forms the background whenever the hoatzin comes to mind.
The hoatzin's voice is no more melodious than the cry of a peacock, and less sonorous than an alligator's roar.
A hoatzin which may have been crouched close to the slain bird would continue to preen its plumage without a glance downward.
Such is the normal right destiny of a hoatzin chick, and the whee-og!
The other tribe is represented by that strange bird the hoatzin of the Amazon.
As I have mentioned, the nest of the hoatzin was invariably built over the water, and we shall later discover the reason for this.