Amazon Jungle Bird Field Guide with Photos (Updated)

By on 2014/06/21

This is a list that i made with the common and scientific name. Some birds are really common and easy to spot when you visit the Amazon.

Family Tinamous (Tinamidae)


Common Name:  Variegated Tinamou (Tinamú abigarrado)
Scientific Name: (Crypturellus variegatus)

Family Screamers (Anhimidae)


Common Name:  Horned Screamer (Español: Gritón Aruco)
Scientific Name: (Anhima cornuta)

Family Tinamous (Tinamidae) Least Concern

Crypturellus cinereus

Common Name:  Cinereous Tinamou (Tinambú café o ceniza)
Scientific Name: (Crypturellus cinereus)

Little Tinamou Crypturellus soui

Common Name:  Little Tinamou (Tinamu Chico)
Scientific Name: (Crypturellus soui)


Common Name:  Undulated Tinamou (tinamú ondulado)
Scientific Name: (Crypturellus undulatus)

great tinamou

Common Name:  Great Tinamou (tinamú grande)
Scientific Name: (Tinamus major)

Spotted Bamboowren Psilorhamphus guttatus

Common Name:  Spotted Bamboowren (gallito overo)
Scientific Name: (Psilorhamphus guttatus)

Family Guans, Chachalacas, Curassows (Cracidae)


Common Name:  Andean Guan (pava andina)
Scientific Name: (Penelope montagnii)


Common Name:  Blue-throated Piping-guan (La pava rajadora)
Scientific Name: (Pipile cumanensis)

Nothocrax urumutum

Common Name:  Nocturnal Curassow (paujil nocturno)
Scientific Name: (Nothocrax urumutum)

Black Curassow (Crax alector)

Common Name:  Black Curassow (Paujil negro)
Scientific Name: (Crax alector)

ortalis guttata

Common Name:  Speckled chachalaca (chachalaca moteada)
Scientific Name: (Ortalis guttata)

Family New World Quails (Odontophoridae) 

Odontophorus gujanensis

Common Name:  Marbled Wood-quail (corcovado común)
Scientific Name: (Odontophorus gujanensis)

Family Herons (Ardeidae)

Tigrisoma lineatum

Common Name:  Rufescent Tiger-heron (avetigre colorada)
Scientific Name:  (Tigrisoma lineatum)

Tigrisoma fasciatum

Common Name:  Fasciated Tiger-heron (hocó oscuro)
Scientific Name:  (Tigrisoma fasciatum)

Avetorillo Bicolor (Ixobrychus exilis)

Common Name:  Least Bittern (avetorillo panamericano)
Scientific Name:  (Ixobrychus exilis)

Agamia agami

Common Name:  Agami Heron (garza agamí)
Scientific Name:  (Agamia agami)


Common Name:  Boat-billed Heron (Arapapá)
Scientific Name:  (Cochlearius cochlearius)

Zebrilus undulatus

Common Name:  Zigzag Heron (garza cebra)
Scientific Name:  (Zebrilus undulatus)


Common Name:  Green-backed Heron (garcita azulada)
Scientific Name:  (Butorides striata)

capped heron

Common Name:  Capped Heron (garza pileada)
Scientific Name:  (Pilherodius pileatus) 

bubulcus ibis

Common Name:  Cattle Egret (Garcita del Ganado)
Scientific Name:  (Bubulcus ibis)

lucas-great egret-ardea alba

Common Name:  Great White Egret (garza blanca)
Scientific Name:  (Ardea alba)


Common Name:  Cocoi Heron (garza cuca)
Scientific Name:  (Ardea cocoi)


Common Name:  Snowy Egret (garceta nívea)
Scientific Name: (Egretta thula)

Common Name:  Little Blue Heron (garza azul)
Scientific Name: (Egretta caerulea)


Common Name:  Nycticorax (martinete común)
Scientific Name:  (nycticorax nycticorax)

Family Ibises, Spoonbills (Threskiornithidae)


Common Name:  Green Ibis ( ibis verde)
Scientific Name:  (Mesembrinibis cayennensis)


Common Name:  Roseate Spoonbill (Espátulas)
Scientific Name:  (Platea Ajaja)

Family Storks (Ciconiidae)


Common Name / Scientific Name:  Wood Stork (cigüeña de cabeza pelada) – (Mycteria americana)

Family New World Vultures (Cathartidae)


Common Name / Scientific Name:  Turkey Vulture (urubú de cabeza roja) – (Cathartes aura)


Common Name / Scientific Name:  Greater Yellow-headed Vulture (aura selvática) – (Cathartes melambrotus)


Common Name / Scientific Name:  American Black Vulture (buitre negro americano) – (Coragyps atratus)


Common Name / Scientific Name:  King Vulture (cóndor de la selva) – (Sarcoramphus papa)

Family Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)

Caracolero selvático

Common Name / Scientific Name:  Hook-billed Kite (milano picogarfio) – (Chondrohierax uncinatus)

Common Name / Scientific Name:  Grey-headed Kite (milano cabecigrís) – (Leptodon cayanensis)


Common Name / Scientific Name:  Swallow-tailed Kite (elanio tijereta) – (Elanoides forficatus)


Common Name / Scientific Name:  Snail Kite (caracolero común) – (Rostrhamus sociabilis)


Common Name / Scientific Name:  Slender-billed Kite (Helicolestes hamatus) – (Helicolestes hamatus)


Common Name / Scientific Name:  Double-toothed Kite (milano bidentado) – (Harpagus bidentatus)


Common Name / Scientific Name:  Plumbeous Kite (elanio plomizo) – (Ictinia plumbea)


Common Name / Scientific Name:  Grey-bellied Goshawk (azor ventrigrís) – (Accipiter poliogaster)


Common Name / Scientific Name:  Tiny Hawk (azor de ceño amarillo) – (Accipiter superciliosus)

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Common Name / Scientific Name:  Bicolored Hawk (azor bicolor) – (Accipiter bicolor)


Common Name / Scientific Name:  Crane Hawk (azor zancón) – (Geranospiza caerulescens)


Common Name / Scientific Name:  Slate-colored Hawk (gavilán pizarroso) – (Buteogallus schistaceus)


Common Name / Scientific Name:  Black-faced Hawk (gavilán carinegro) – (Leucopternis melanops)


Common Name / Scientific Name: Black-collared Hawk (gavilán carinegro) – (Busarellus nigricollis)


Common Name / Scientific Name:  White Hawk (Leucopternis albicollis) – (Pseudastur albicollis)

Common Name / Scientific Name:  Roadside Hawk (gavilán pollero) – (Rupornis magnirostris)


Common Name / Scientific Name:  Short-tailed Hawk (gavilán rabicorto) – (Buteo brachyurus)


Common Name / Scientific Name:  Zone-tailed Hawk (aguilucho negro) – (Buteo albonotatus)


Common Name / Scientific Name:  Harpy Eagle (Aguila Arpia) – (Harpia harpyja)


Common Name / Scientific Name:  Ornate Hawk-eagle (águila crestuda real) – (Spizaetus ornatus)


Common Name / Scientific Name:  Black hawk-eagle (águila azor negra) – (spizaetus tyrannus)

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)

Common Name / Scientific Name:  Cooper’s Hawk (gavilán de Cooper) – (Accipiter cooperii)

Crane Hawk (Geranospiza caerulescens)

Common Name / Scientific Name:  Crane Hawk (azor zancón ) – (Geranospiza caerulescens)

Great Black Hawk (Buteogallus urubitinga)

Common Name / Scientific Name:  Great Black Hawk (gavilán cangrejero grande) – (Buteogallus urubitinga)

Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus

Common Name / Scientific Name:  Broad-winged Hawk (gavilán aliancho ) – (Buteo platypterus)

Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus melanoleucus)

Common Name / Scientific Name:  Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle (águila viuda) – (Spizaetus melanoleucus)

Laughing Falcon (Herpetotheres cachinnans)

Common Name / Scientific Name:  Laughing Falcon () – (halcón reidor)

Lined Forest-Falcon (Micrastur gilvicollis)

Common Name / Scientific Name: Lined Forest-Falcon (halcón-montés cabecigrís) – (Micrastur gilvicollis)

Slaty-backed Forest-Falcon (Micrastur mirandollei)

Common Name / Scientific Name: Slaty-backed Forest-Falcon (halcón-montés dorsigrís ) – (Micrastur mirandollei)

Collared Forest-Falcon (Micrastur semitorquatus)

Common Name / Scientific Name: Collared Forest-Falcon (halcón montés collarejo) – (Micrastur semitorquatus)

Buckley's Forest-Falcon (Micrastur buckleyi)

Common Name / Scientific Name:  Buckley’s Forest-Falcon (halcón-montés de Buckley) – (Micrastur buckleyi)

Red-throated Caracara (Ibycter americanus)

Common Name / Scientific Name:  Red-throated Caracara (caracara gorgirrojo) – (Ibycter americanus)

Black Caracara (Daptrius ater)

Common Name / Scientific Name:  Black Caracara (caracara negro) – (Daptrius ater)

Yellow-headed Caracara (Milvago chimachima)

Common Name / Scientific Name:  Yellow-headed Caracara (chimachima) – (Milvago chimachima)

Barred Forest-Falcon (Micrastur ruficollis)

Common Name / Scientific Name:  Barred Forest-Falcon (halcón montés chico) – (Micrastur ruficollis)

Bat Falcon (Falco rufigularis)

Common Name / Scientific Name: Bat Falcon (halcón murcielaguero) – (Falco rufigularis)


Family Limpkin (Aramidae)

Limpkin (Aramus guarauna)

Common Name / Scientific Name: Limpkin (Carrao) – (Aramus guarauna)

Gray-winged Trumpeter (Psophia crepitans)

Common Name / Scientific Name:  Gray-winged Trumpeter (trompetero aligrís) – (Psophia crepitans)

Family Rails, Gallinules, Coots (Rallidae) Wattled Jacana (Jacana jacana)

Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinicus)

Common Name / Scientific Name:   Purple Gallinule (calamoncillo americano) – (Porphyrio martinicus)

Family Jacana

jacana jacana

Common Name / Scientific Name: Wattled Jacana (jacana suramericana) – (Jacana jacana)

Family Parrots

Family Hoatzin (Opisthocomidae)

Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Family Trogons

Family King Fishers

Family Toucans

Family Woodpeckers

Family Tanager


Family Arependolas

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