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 FLORA AND FAUNA

Birds
Parrots and Macaws of amazing colours, the toucan and the green and gold tangara are just some of the 550 species of birds registered in the Orient. Ornithologists from all over the world visit the Amazon forest to investigate the huge diversity of species, many of which are still being discovered.

Mammals
An accomplished hunter, with its silent steps and flying leaps the jaguar reigns in the forest. The biggest animal inhabiting the Amazon is the tapir - some of these hefty mammals weigh more than 250 kilos. The tapir has short paws, a thick neck and a thick-skinned barrel-shaped body.

Other mammals sharing the forest include the armadillo, the puma and even the rare spectacled bear.

 

Last updated 3rd July 2006

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