Data released on April 28, 2014
The Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin (Müller, 1776)) is a pheasant-sized tropical bird found in swamps, forest and mangroves of the Amazon and Orinoco Delta in South America. It is known by other names, such as the Hoactzin, Stinkbird or Canje Pheasant and is notable for having chicks that possess claws on two of their wings.
These data have been produced as part of the G10K and Avian Phylogenomics Project. DNA was collected from a female obtained in Lagunas, Venezuela, with the sample obtained by Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello of the University of Puerto Rico. We sequenced the genome to a depth of approximately 100X with short reads from a series of libraries with various insert sizes (170bp, 500bp, 800bp, 2kb, 5kb, 10kb and 20kb).
The assembled scaffolds of high quality sequences total 1.14Gb, with the contig and scaffold N50 values of 24kb and 2.9Mb respectively. We identified 15,702 protein-coding genes with a mean length of 20kb.