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hoatzin

[hoh-at-sin, waht-sin] /hoʊˈæt sɪn, ˈwɑt sɪn/
noun
1.
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.
Also, hoactzin.
Origin of hoatzin
1655-1665
1655-65;Nahuatl huāctzīn, huāhtzīn name for several hen-sized birds of the Valley of Mexico, apparently applied indiscriminately by early naturalists to similar New World birds
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  • Still, zologically considered, the hoatzin is probably the most remarkable and interesting bird living on the earth today.

    Jungle Peace William Beebe
  • The flight of the hoatzin resembles that of an over-fed hen.

    Jungle Peace William Beebe
  • But it is not nearly so long as in the hoatzin, and there is no terminal claw.

    Birds in Flight W. P. Pycraft
  • This was the real home of the birds, and this plant forms the background whenever the hoatzin comes to mind.

    Jungle Peace William Beebe
  • The hoatzin's voice is no more melodious than the cry of a peacock, and less sonorous than an alligator's roar.

    Jungle Peace William Beebe
  • A hoatzin which may have been crouched close to the slain bird would continue to preen its plumage without a glance downward.

    Jungle Peace William Beebe
  • Such is the normal right destiny of a hoatzin chick, and the whee-og!

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  • The other tribe is represented by that strange bird the hoatzin of the Amazon.

    Birds in Flight W. P. Pycraft
  • As I have mentioned, the nest of the hoatzin was invariably built over the water, and we shall later discover the reason for this.

    Jungle Peace William Beebe
British Dictionary definitions for hoatzin

hoatzin

/həʊˈætsɪn/
noun
1.
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
Word Origin
C17: from American Spanish, from Nahuatl uatzin pheasant
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