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Jan 10 2014

A Striking Bird in Iguazu National Park

This week, I’ve been going through some photos from my RTW trip, mainly the ones in South America, for a guest post I was writing about Iguazu.  While I was doing that, I came across lots of photographs of this particular bird which, until yesterday, I had no idea what type of bird it actually was.  As you can tell, I’m not an ornithology expert and it took me ages to find out.  As I was obviously really fascinated by these birds, evidenced by the shear number of  photos I took, they had to be the subject of this Foto Friday.

If you know a bit about birds, you will be aware that this is a plush-crested jay.  These birds are found in central-southern South America.  I was in the magnificent Iguazu National Park in Argentina when I took this photograph.

Apart from the spectacular waterfalls, there are over 2000 species of plants in the surrounding subtropical rainforest and a variety of wildlife, including the infamous Coati and numerous birds, of which the plush-crested jay is one.

I don’t know what you think but, for me, I find these birds really striking.  It’s their piercing yellow eyes and the colouring (black and yellow with just a touch of electric blue) that does it.  They certainly won’t go unnoticed amidst the lush, green foliage.


Just in case you want to see where Iguazu is located, here you go…

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