On a trip through the Manu National Park we can find many exotic birds, one of which is the Shansho...
(Opisthocomus hoazin), that basically feeds by leaves and regrowth of wetlands such as riverside plants.
It is a bird with peculiar breeding habits, between two and seven birds cooperate in the care of a single nest. Birds collaborate with partners in the incubation of chicks from nests, in which volunteers are involved. Usually the first chick gets more food, so it grows faster and is immediately covered with feathers. This limits the time that the chicks are in the nest.
They have nails on the wings, which are used to scroll through the trees. Its vegetarian diet is because of its unpleasant odor and its disagreeable taste of their meat is due to the decomposition of plant matter in their stomachs. Thanks to this feature, they don’t have natural enemies in Manu.
They can be found along the shores of ponds and rivers of Manu. It has the dimensions of a pheasant, but more slender, with longer neck and tail. It has a white face without feathers and red eyes, and its little head is a serrated crest. It has a limited ability to fly by making it easy to photograph.
It is a noisy species, whose singing is loud and strident, much intense than a macaw. The Shansho is a tropical bird worth discovering on your adventure through the Peruvian Amazon.
By Arturo Alva.