Did you know most of the oxygen we breath, is produced by the plants in the rainforest? One of the largest rainforests on the planet is on the Amazon river basin. The lush green forests of Amazon rainforest are homes to hundreds of unique and beautiful animals. Most of these animals are found only in the Amazon. Unfortunately, the mass destruction of these forests due to deforestation, has rendered these Amazon rainforest animals homeless. Many are on the brink of extinction and some are lost forever due to excessive hunting and cutting of trees. We shall have a look at the different animals in the Amazon rainforests in the following article.
List of Amazon Rainforest Animals
It may sound simple, but the Amazon rainforest animal life is in no way- easy. These animals are forever struggling and fighting for their survival with competition.
Animals in the Amazon Rainforest: Birds
One of the most beautiful views in the world is to watch a bird fly freely over the blue sky. The Amazon rainforest birds come in a variety of sizes, physical characteristics, calls as well as vibrant colors. Some behave as migratory birds that fly from the United States to Central America or over to the Amazon. The ocellated turkey, rufous-bellied thrush, Tennessee warbler are just a few of these pretty birds from the Amazon.
Animals in the Amazon Rainforest: Insects
More than half of the species found in the Amazon rainforest are insects. You will find it hard to believe, it is estimated that there are over 500,000 kinds of beetles existing in the Amazon. Spectacular butterflies, the soft looking fury white planthoppers, the multicolored leafhoppers, the turquoise headed black flying insects or the red-eyed dragonflies. There are many species of the butterflies like the delicate looking iguazu butterflies or the Owl butterflies and the postman butterflies.
Animals in the Amazon Rainforest: Herps
There is a huge collection of reptiles and amphibians living in the Amazon rainforest. These herps (reptiles and amphibians) include: many species of lizards, turtles, tortoises, crocodiles, frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, etc.
These are just a few of the hundreds of the amazing rainforest animals. From the above images, you can get an idea about how these animals and their habitat makes our planet so glorious. Without these animals the ecosystem will fail and humans will have to face the repercussions. As the higher species with cerebral power, we should avoid reaching epitome of selfishness. Just imagine, someone comes bulldozing our homes, rendering us homeless. If we cannot afford to lose our houses, we cannot force animals out of their natural habitat. From this article on Amazon rainforest animals for kids, the take away message is to save the animals and the forest from destruction. Hope, you have found the above information useful as well as interesting.