Best Bird Photos from Brazil, 2006
Tom Davis
Last updated: October 18, 2006

All of the following photos were taken on a trip to Brazil in 2006. We visited the Pantanal, Chapada dos Guimarães and Emas National Park. Click on any image to obtain a larger version.

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Greater Rhea (Rhea americana)

We saw a couple of these in the Pantanal, but as we approached Emas National Park, there were hundreds of them, mostly in huge farmed fields. Surprisingly, since "ema" is the Portuguese name for a rhea, there were hardly any that we saw inside the boundaries of the park itself.

Capped Heron (Pilherodius pileatus)

Whistling Heron (Syrigma sibilatrix)

Cocoi Heron (Ardea Cocoi)

Rufescent Tiger-Heron (Tigrisoma lineatum)

Striated Heron (Butorides striatus)

Plumbeous Ibis (Harpiprion caerulescens)

Maguari Stork (Ciconia maguari)

Jabiru (Jabiru mycteria)

On your first visit to the Pantanal, if you're a birder at all, the number of Jabirus will compeltely blow you away: they become basically a "trash bird". The third photo here is pretty interesting: at first glance, it's the nest of a Jabiru, but in fact under the Jabiru's nest is a big collection of nests of the Monk Parakeet. You can see some of them in the larger version of the photo.

Black-collared Hawk (Busarellus nigricollis)

There are a lot of these Black-collared Hawks near Fazenda Santa Tereza. A few of them are accustomed to being fed piranhas previously caught by the boat drivers, so it is not too hard to get photos of them in flight, since you know exactly where they start, exactly where the fish will be tossed, where the sun is, et cetera.

My best photo was actually a series taken last year where I captured the hawk in four stages of taking the piranha out of the water. In fact, that panorama is on the main Brazil 2006 page. You can click on the image on that page to obtain a larger version.

Great Black Hawk (Buteogallus urubutinga)

White-tailed Hawk (Buteo albicaudatus)

American Kestrel (Falco sparvarius)

Savannah Hawk (Buteogallus meridionalis)

Aplomado Falcon (Falco femoralis)

Yellow-headed Caracara (Milvago chimachima)

Gray-necked Wood-Rail (Aramides cajanea)

Sungrebe (Heliornis fulica)

Sunbittern (Eurypyga helias)

Red-legged Seriema (Cariama cristata)

Apparently tall Brazilian girls are sometimes called "seriemas".

Southern Lapwing (Vanellus chilensis)

Long-tailed Ground-Dove (Uropelia campestris)

Scaled Dove (Scardafella squammata)

Blue-and-Yellow Macaw (Ara ararauna)

These beautiful birds were incredibly common in Emas National Park.

Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus)

Golden-chevroned Parakeet (Brotogeris chiriri)

White-eyed Parakeet (Aratinga leucophthalma)

Turquoise-fronted Amazon (Amazona astiva)

Dark-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus melacoryphus)

Little Cuckoo (Piaya minuta)

Squirrel Cuckoo (Piaya cayana)

Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)

Tropical Screech-Owl (Megascops choliba)

Great Potoo (Nyctibius grandis)

Scissor-tailed Nightjar (Hydropsalis torquata)

White-winged Nightjar (Eleothreptus candicans)

Ringed Kingfisher (Ceryle torquata)

White-eared Puffbird (Nystalus chacuru)

Crimson-crested Woodpecker (Campephilus melanoleucos)

Rufous Hornero (Furnarius rufus)

White-headed Marsh-Tyrant (Arundinicola leucocephala)

Crowned Slaty-Flycatcher (Griseotyrannus aurantioatrocristatus)

Curl-crested Jay (Cyanocorax cristatellus)

Saffron Finch (Sicalis flaveola)

Plumbeous Seedeater (Sporophila plumbea)

Coal-crested Finch (Charitospiza eucosma)

Rusty-collared Seedeater (Sporophila collaris)

Black-masked Finch (Coryphaspiza melanotis)

Yellow-billed Cardinal (Paroaria capitata)

Shiny Cowbird (Molothrus bonariensis)

Scarlet-headed Blackbird (Amblyramphus holosericeus)