Archive for June, 2013

More birds I hope to see in Brazil

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

BI22876 - Cocoi Heron - Wings out - Crop 2
Cocoi Heron. This one is pretty much like a Great Blue Heron with a white neck.

Green Ibis. Mostly black, really. My book says the call sounds like someone starting a moped.

Great Black-Hawk
Great Black-Hawk. Although I really love this pic of it:

Great Black Hawk

Short-tailed Hawk
Short-tailed Hawk. Black above, white below. Unless it’s the all-black form, and then you’re kind of screwed.

Slaty-breasted Wood-rail. Another double-hyphenated species. And it’s a rail. With any luck I can see some rails that my friend Bill the rail expert has never seen.

Blackish Rail
Blackish Rail. Not sure how you tell this from the Slaty-Breasted Wood-Rail. And why “blackish”? Wouldn’t “gray” do as well? Birdforum says of the Slaty-Breasted Wood-Rail that “The bill is shorter and thicker than the superficially similar Blackish Rail, which also lack the brown tones to the upperside.”

Okay, enough for now.

Black-Fronted Piping-Guan

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Black-fronted Piping-Guan

When I was in Costa Rica birding, my friend Dave remarked that it seems that there are an awful lot of hyphenated birds there. Apparently Brazil has some as well. I’d say something about how you identify this guy, but it seems pretty obvious.

Brazilian Teal

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

WWT Slimbridge: Brazilian teal (Gloucestershire)

Another likely bird. The spots on the flank and the red bill are good identification features.

Tataupa Tinamou

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

INHAMBU-CHINTÃ (Crypturellus tataupa )

The Tataupa Tinamou is in the same superorder with the ratites, like the rhea. They fly, but not well. They seem kind of chicken-like to me, though the coloring reminds me of a Sora. You’d see them in wet forest.

Going to Brazil

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Greater Rhea

So this July Robin, Peggy, Hamner and I are going to Brazil for two weeks. I’m reviving this blog to post about the trip. While we’re preparing, I’m going to post about birds that I hope to see. We’ll be spending a few days in the vicinity of Iguassu Falls, which is where I expect the best birding.

First target bird is one that I’ve seen before, but not in the wild; the Greater Rhea.