Meet 17 Amazing Amazon Animals

Stare in wide-eyed amazement at these jungle critters who have a true sense of individual style!
by Britt Fracolli

Animal residents of the Amazon set the fashion curve for South America. Some opt for a classic chic look, while others pull from a wildly eclectic palate of bright colors, spots, and stripes.

Folks from around the world travel to the Amazon with their long lens cameras and binoculars to see these unique critters. With the help of our friends at Rainforest Expeditions, we shine the spotlight on 17 glorious photos featuring jungle animals (in no particular order) who definitely have a true sense of individual style!

#1 Feathers are all the rage

Macaw at the claylickPhoto: Rainforest Expeditions

A few years ago – we’re talking 2011/2012 – feather earrings and necklaces were all the rage in southern California.  Some women even wore them in their hair. But like most fashion trends, it eventually faded away. In the Amazon jungle, colorful feathers are full-time fashion accessories for macaws.

#2 Wildly orange

cute bugPhoto: Jeff Cremer/Rainforest Expeditions

The vibrant orange locks on this little fella are all natural – no hair dye, gel or comb required. I wonder if it’s friendly or has a no-touch policy?

#3 So fierce

Puma Photo: Rainforest Expeditions

Behold a jungle legend, the puma. With its sleek build and carnivorous ways, “fierce” is an appropriate adjective to characterize this Amazon mammal. Consider yourself very, very lucky if you see a puma in the wild.  The owner of Rainforest Expeditions hasn’t seen one in more than 20 years working in the Amazon!

#4 Youthful slumber

CocoonPhoto: Jeff Cremer/Rainforest Expeditions

The intricate design of this lattice cocoon – a true jungle art form – was weaved with care by an urodid moth. The larvae will remain in its cocoon until it is full grown and then make its jungle entry through the tubular “escape hatch”.

#5 Pretty with pink

Pink Toe TarantulaPhoto by Rainforest Expeditions

Fashionistas often say a little black dress can be used for any occasion. Taking this advice to heart, Pink Toe Taranculas are dressed in solid black and showoff a flare of rosy colored personality.

#6 Mustaches are back

Bearded emperor tamarin monkey in the jungle.Photo: Michelle Bender/Flickr

This bearded emperor tamarin gives new meaning to the phrase “monkeying around”. Paired with that distinct white mustache, I feel he is a pair of bifocals away from becoming a serious jungle professor.

#7 Elegant and see-through

Moths in the junglePhoto: Rainforest Expeditions

#8 Fit for royalty

Royal FlycatcherPhoto: Rainforest Expeditions

Bow down to the mesmerizing features of this bird’s fancy headdress. The Royal Flycatcher displays its crown of purple and yellow feathers when it feels threatened or is trying to attract a mate.

#9 A dose of motherhood

Scorpion Spider

Photo: Rainforest Expeditions

This is an eight-legged crawler that many of us would like to avoid in the Amazon jungle.  Featured in the photo above is a very rare sighing of a scorpion spider with her babies. In unique mommy fashion, her young cling to the safety of her back as she moves about. How can something so cool, also be so creepy?

#10 Rough and tough

ugly bug in the junglePhoto: Rainforest Expeditions

Warm, cute and fuzzy are not words in this jungle insect’s vocabulary. With what appears to be a solid shell exterior and weapon-like points, this bug looks like it’s marching into battle.  Good luck buddy!

#11 Classic jaguar print

JaguarPhoto: Rainforest Expeditions

Cheetah spots are to the plains of Africa as Jaguar spots are to the jungle of South America. Many travelers count their lucky stars in eager anticipation of seeing this classic jungle icon.

#12 Bold and beautiful

Marcelo HummingbirdPhoto: Marcelo Bonino/Rainforest Expeditions

Hummingbirds generally buzz past at warp speed.  But lucky for us, expert photographer, Marcelo Bonino, saw this one perched on a leaf in the Amazon long enough to snap its picture.  Our hummingbird model wears a bright teal and royal blue colored vest. In the jungle, bold is clearly beautiful.

#13 A new take on camouflage

Great Potoo BirdPhoto: Rainforest Expeditions

Pooto Birds re-invent the meaning of fashionable camouflage. These jungle birds strike a pose on a tree and blend in brilliantly as an extension of the bark or as a broken off stump. As nocturnal jungle dwellers, they are active at night and give eerie vocalizations that carry long distances which alert others about their presence.

#14 Eye see you

frog from the AmazonPhoto: Marcelo Bonino & Jeff Cremer/Rainforest Expeditions

The eyes on this frog are certainly its most notable feature. Couldn’t you just stare into those big round peepers for hours?

#15 Flirty and fun

ButterfliesPhoto: Rainforest Expeditions

Photoshop was not used to superimpose the swarm of butterflies in this photo. These butterflies are actually drinking turtle tears, a natural occurrence in the Amazon.

#16 High-fashion faux-hawk

Baby harpy eagle
Photo: Rainforest Expeditions

The intense eyes and sharp beak of this baby harpy eagle‘s stern expression makes you think that perhaps Mom has been away from the nest for too long. Despite its austere demeanor, this baby harpy is destined for Amazon stardom. Its wispy faux-hawk will be replaced by an intricate pattern of adult white, gray and black feathers and one day he will soar over the jungle as a top predator.

#17 Glow in the dark

Scorpion that glows in the darkPhoto: Rainforest Expeditions

After scrolling through the previous Amazon animal photos, you probably thought you had just about seen it all. Then you learn that scorpions glow in the dark! Under the beam of an ultra violet light, scorpions glow a neon blue, lighting up like beacons in the night.

From cute and fuzzy to the downright bizarre, the Amazon jungle is definitely a melting pot of animals with their own sense of style. If you’re heading on a jungle adventure soon, then you’ll want to learn some cool travel photograph tips from Jeff Cremer, an award-winning wildlife photographer and Amazon jungle conservationist.

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