- a blue-faced, crested bird, Opisthocomus hoazin, of the Amazon and Orinoco forests, having as a nestling a large, temporary claw on the second and third digits of the forelimb, for climbing among the tree branches.
Origin of hoatzin
Examples from the Web for hoatzin
Historical Examples of hoatzin
The other tribe is represented by that strange bird the hoatzin of the Amazon.
But it is not nearly so long as in the hoatzin, and there is no terminal claw.
The flight of the hoatzin resembles that of an over-fed hen.
Such is the normal right destiny of a hoatzin chick, and the whee-og!
The hoatzin's voice is no more melodious than the cry of a peacock, and less sonorous than an alligator's roar.
- a unique South American gallinaceous bird, Opisthocomus hoazin, with a brownish plumage, a very small crested head, and clawed wing digits in the young: family Opisthocomidae