Episode 30 – Hoatzin: The Fowl-Smelling Tree Cow

If you’re walking through the Amazonian rainforest and you start to smell the undeniable fragrance of fresh manure, you may want to check the trees before you start scanning the forest floor for farm animals. The Hoatzin bird is the only bird in the world that eats and digests leaves like a cow. These birds look weird, smell bad, and have a poor work ethic, but what else did you expect from the animals here at Life, Death, and Taxonomy?

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