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25 Incredible Bird Species Of The Amazon
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Dusky Headed Parakeet

This blue, green, and gray neotropical parrot loves to hang out in semi-open wooded habitats in the Western Amazon. You’ll find them in pairs or groups since these birds are the more social bunch of the birds of the Amazon. They love to feed on seeds, flowers, and insects and are quite energetic. You might even find these birds grazing coffee plantations. They’re often found in freshwater sources, and can live up to forty years in the wild (Bird Cages Now).

25 Incredible Bird Species Of The Amazon
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Harpy Eagle

This is one of the most feared birds of prey in the Amazon Rainforest, as it’s the most powerful raptor. The females are bigger than the males and can measure up to 40 inches long and weigh up to 22 pounds. The Harpy Eagle has powerful claws that are nearly as big as a Grizzly Bear. Their wingspan stretches and shocking seven feet! That’s taller than a human being. They have distinguishable white bellies, black tails, and pale gray, double-crested heads. The Harpy Eagle shares the top of the food chain with jaguars and anacondas, where they dominate the canopy of the Amazon. They mainly like to prey on sloths and monkeys, and even other birds like Toucans (Rainforest Expeditions).

25 Incredible Bird Species Of The Amazon
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If your favorite bird is the hummingbird, then you’re in luck in the Amazon Rainforest. There are more than a dozen species of hummingbirds fluttering through the canopies of the Amazon, with striking colors that capture nearly every color on the spectrum of a rainbow. You’ll get striking violet colors, blues, fuchsia, and aqua colors. These birds are frequently seen fluttering their powerful wings over colorful flowers and lapping up delicious, sweet nectar with their long, skinny beaks. Their pulse can beat up to 1,200 beats per minute, which is why they need so much nourishment. If you don’t like beetles, then you’ll love to learn that hummingbirds feed on these insects (Nathab).

25 Incredible Bird Species Of The Amazon
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These neotropical forest-dwellers stand out against the crowd, all thanks to their long bills, long tails, and colorful plumage. Some birds have a racket-like tip that they use to wag at predators or attract mates. These solitary birds live in colonies of up to 40 paired individuals and tend to nest in riverbanks. The Motmots can also live in a wide range of altitudes, including sea level and up to 3,000 meters, or roughly 9,800 feet. Their tails are long and blue (My Animals).

25 Incredible Bird Species Of The Amazon

Golden-Headed Manakin

In the Amazon Rainforest, there are roughly 60 species of Manakin. This colorful cutie measures about 3.7 inches long and weighs less than half an ounce. Adult males are typically black-bodied and have red and white thighs. If you’re lucky enough to see their mating ritual, then you’ll catch them doing a jumping, sliding, buzzing, mating dance. Scientists are calling it the Amazon’s first hybrid species. Interestingly enough, this species was first discovered in 1957 but disappeared until 2002, when it was first spotted again. It’s a mix between the snow-capped and opal-crowned manakins (Sci).

25 Incredible Bird Species Of The Amazon


With around 40 species of Toucan in the Amazon Rainforest, you’ll likely spot or hear at least one or two during your escapade. They have bright, colorful bills and bright markings on their body. You might have even grown up with the Toucan from your favorite breakfast cereal, Fruit Loops. They love feeding on fruits in the trees of the Amazon or nesting in hollows. Because they love hanging out in the canopy of trees, you might want to bring a pair of binoculars to spot them. They love eating the ripest fruits they can find in the trees (WWF Panda).

25 Incredible Bird Species Of The Amazon

Jabiru Stork

This species has South America’s second-longest wingspan, right after the Andean Condor, and is the largest flying bird in America. They’re typically found throughout the Americas and in Argentina, in large groups. Most of the time, they feast on amphibians and fish. They’re known for their white-feathered bodies and vibrant red neck pouch. To them, building a nest is a major construction job, where they typically build it on a high tree in an open area, high above the rainforest (NatHab).

25 Incredible Bird Species Of The Amazon

Grey-Headed Kite

Found in open woodland and swamp-like forests, this beautiful raptor species has a blue bill, black upper body, white underbelly, and black tail. Oftentimes, they lurk on high perches to hunt for reptiles and insects. It’s uncommon to see these. They’re normally found in woodlands and swamp forests. Another bird related to them is the white-headed Kite, which is even more rare to spot (iNaturalist).

25 Incredible Bird Species Of The Amazon

Laughing Falcon

This mid-sized raptor flocks the tropical lowlands. Their specialty is eating snakes, and love prowling around the tops of trees. They spend most of their time perched on these trees, staring at the ground. They’re considered peaceful birds of the Amazon, and scientists know them well from their distinctive call. They’re strategic when it comes to hunting, and swoop down behind the snake and bite down on their head to decapitate it. Who’s laughing now, snakes? (Tambo Pata Lodge).

25 Incredible Bird Species Of The Amazon
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Spectacled Owl

What a spectacle the Spectacled Owl is, soaring across the skies of the Amazon Rainforest! These birds are the largest tropical owl species in the Amazon. It has blackish-brown upperparts, white facial markings, and white underparts, with yellow eyes. They permanently inhabit the rainforest of the Amazon basin and are the only owl species permanently known to do so. They get their name from their spectacles or the white feathers around their eyes and throat. Females have a screeching call that attracts males during the breeding season, while males sound more like a hammer hitting a hollow tree (TWY Cross Zoo).

25 Incredible Bird Species Of The Amazon

Yellow-Headed Caracara

As a part of the falcon family, this bird of prey flies through the Amazon Rainforest scavenging for amphibians and reptiles. They have yellowish-brown heads, brown backs, and black eye streaks. They’re about 16-18 inches in length, and the female is bigger than the male, as we’ve seen in other bird species (Animalia).

25 Incredible Bird Species Of The Amazon
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Black Collared Hawk

These Amazonian birds love inhabiting tropical swamps. They’re known for their white head and back with black shaft stripes. They typically feed on rodents and fish. These birds sit on branches and wait for a fish to pass by. When they see one, they dive off the tree and swoop down to grab the fish with their long talons (Encircle Photos).

25 Incredible Bird Species Of The Amazon
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Hyacinth Macaw

As we’ve mentioned, macaws are some of the most colorful birds in the Amazon. The Hyacinth macaw is the world’s longest parrot, with a wingspan of 4 to 5 feet. They have a yellow patch of skin beside the lower bill and bare yellow eye-ring. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot their gorgeous cobalt blue feathers soaring through the sky. Most of them live in Brazil. One of its most striking features is that it seems to have a perpetual grin, thanks to its yellow feathers near its beak (One Earth).

25 Incredible Bird Species Of The Amazon

Maroon-tailed Parakeet

These parakeets are found in several countries spanning the Amazon Rainforest, and have a green head with a brown crown and nape. They have a dark green chest and whitish feathers, which make them look scaly in appearance. You’ll find them nestled in the canopies and are generally sedentary (iNaturalist).

25 Incredible Bird Species Of The Amazon


These birds resemble turkeys. One species, the Spix’s Guan, has brown feathers speckled with white and red wattle. There’s also the Blue-throated Piping Guan, that’s mostly black with a gorgeous green shimmer. On moonlit nights, the Spix’s Guan is known to make frightening yelling noises. At dusk and dawn, the wings of the bird make a rattling sound, mainly to attract mates (Rainforest Expeditions).

25 Incredible Bird Species Of The Amazon
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If you want to find the Potoos, you’ll probably need binoculars. These owl-like birds are great at camouflaging, despite their large heads. It’s all thanks to their mottled brown and gray feathers that allow them to spend the day perched on stumps and branches. When they open their truncated beaks, they have large mouths that are quite unsettling to look at (Tambo Patalodge).