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Shansho
Shansho

Scientific Name
Hoatzin

Family
Opisthocomidae

Distribution
Low forests of Peru.

Details
The Hoacin, or Shansho, is a very strange bird. It has red eyes, a blue face and a light-colored feathered head. It has great difficulty flying, and its wings are a fiery-auburn color and the tip of its tail is blond. They can be found hiding between the trees and bushes on the borders of lagoons and rivers, feeding on leaves.


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