In the Rainforest

 Great Horned Owl (Photo by Andrew Snyder)
Great Horned Owl (Photo by Andrew Snyder)

Great Horned Owl

The Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) is the most widely distributed owl in the Americas; it ranges from Northern Canada to South America.

Iguana

Photographer, Andrew Snyder, caught this young Iguana sunning on the bank of the Burro Burro River.

Stinkhorn mushroom

The aptly named Stinkhorn Mushroom is distinctive for many reasons: it has a single stalk, a lacy, slimy cap and it really stinks!

Rupununi Rattlesnake

This is a Rupununi Rattlesnake (Crotalus durissus trigonicus) that was found last October while the World Wildlife Fund-Guianas and Global Wildlife Conservation were conducting a survey in Guyana’s south Rupununi savannah.

Snowy Egret (Photo by Andrew M Snyder)

Snowy Egret

The Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) is a common sight on the coast and interior of Guyana.

Male Golden-Headed Manakin (Photo by Jake Bicknell)

Manakins

“Iwokrama’s mission is to develop strategies for conservation and sustainable development of the tropical rain forest system for local people in Guyana and the world at large.

Black Bellied Cuckoo

by Leon Moore The Black-bellied Cuckoo (Piaya melanogaster) lives in the rainforests of the Amazon as well as Guyana.

The meeting of the waters

“Iwokrama’s mission is to develop strategies for conservation and sustainable development of the tropical rain forest system for local people in Guyana and the world at large.

Giant River Otter

The Giant River Otter, ‘Water Dog’ or ‘River Wolf’ (Pteronura brasiliensis) is the most endangered mammal in the neo tropics as they were once hunted for their fur.

Black Curassow 
(Photo by Graham Watkins)

The Black Curassow (Powis)

The Black Curassow (Crax alector), or Powis, as they are locally called in Guyana, are found in humid forested areas in the Guianas, northern Amazon, southern Venezuela and parts of Colombia, and are part of the family of game birds known as Cracidae.

An Osprey taking off to scout for fish. (Photo by Graham Watkins)

Osprey

Pandion Haliaetus, more commonly known as the Osprey or Fish Hawk, or locally known as ‘Tanuwaka,’ can be found in forested areas near bodies of water.

Neotropical Otter (Photo by A Holland)

Rainforest Neotropical Otter

The Neotropical Otter (Lontra longicaudis) is a small, rare otter. It measures between 90 cm and 150 cm in length and is a sleek, dark, glossy brown colour. 

Tamandua

The Southern Tamandua or Tamandua (Tamandua tetradactyla) is classified as a “true anteater”; other true anteaters in Guyana include the Giant Anteater and Silky Anteater, both of which have been featured in this column previously.

Striped Forest Whiptail 
(Photo by M Hallett)

Striped Forest Whiptail lizard

When most people think of the rainforest, they picture large spotted cats like the jaguar, massive snakes like the anaconda, huge spiders like the goliath bird-eater and toothy predators like the black caiman.

Little Tinamou

The Little Tinamou (Crypturellus soui) is a frumpy looking ground-dwelling, bird that can be found in tropical rainforests throughout the tropics.

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