Brazil Birding (III): Xingu Indigenous Park

 

Birding in Xingu Indigenous Park, Brazil

When:  June 2018                    Weather:  Warm, 25C

Nikon P900,  Leica Q

Apart from visiting the villages where the Xingu Indian tribes lived, one of the attractions for this expedition to Amazonia was the chance to see some totally different birds from the usual ones I see in Asia. The fact that the birds had wonderfully exotic names like tanagers, quits, puffbirds, araras also invoked a sense of magic.  This post centres on the birds I saw in Pavuru, Moygu and Kamayura….

After we settled into our hut in Pavuru, I woke at daybreak and wondered down to the bank of the Xingu river nearby….

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the riverbank at which I saw many bird species and where I spent as much time as I could…

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this magnificent raptor greeted me….a chimango caracara

 

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And then this flew onto the same tree….a Ringed Kingfisher

 

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Female Ringed KF

 

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and off he went over the calm waters of the Xingu River

silver beaked tanager (2)

Silver beaked tanager

 

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From an impossible distance, a pair of large billed terns

 

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Cocoi Heron

 

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Striated Heron

 

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another KF then flew in….an Amazonian KF

 

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Amazonian Kingfisher

 

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Amazonian KF

 

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as the sun came out a pair of Scaled Doves played

 

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the river side splendid in its isolation

 

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A yellow rumped Cacique called

 

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Yellow rumped Cacique in flight

 

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By the boats, thousands of colourful butterflies gathered

 

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Flycatchers and other small birds started appearing later in the morning

 

 

 

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Male Swallow tanager on left…and a blue necked tanager on the right

 

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beautifully green female swallow tanager

blue necked tanager (2)

blue necked tanager

 

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swallow-winged puff bird

 

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not sure what this is.. in early morning glow

 

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orange headed tanager?

 

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not sure what this is….

 

palm tanager

Palm Tanager

 

black headed vulture

I also spooked a black headed vulture in the afternoon

 

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sunset over the xingu river

 

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This lovely hummingbird was seen the next morning..looks a bit like a swallow tailed hummingbird except that the STHB has a blue head and green body!  Maybe a violet capped wood nymph or blue throated HB

 

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another view ? violet capped wood nymph or blue throated HB

 

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In the village of Moygu, these southern lapwings posed

 

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orange winged amazon

 

And so on to our second location in the Mato Grosso, another 1.5 hr flight brought us to one of the most beautiful locations here…Kamayura where another tribe stayed….on the lakeside.

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A Kamayuran welcome!

 

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First bird of the afternoon by the shore of the lake…at first I thought it was a common ringed plover but on closer look, it was actually a Pied Lapwing….another lifer

 

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Pied lapwing

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Pied lapwing with butterflies

 

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Large billed tern in flight

 

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Large billed tern

 

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Lake Kamayura, unspoilt, tranquil

 

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A yellow headed carara watched over us as the sun set

 

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possibly a pale vented pigeon?

 

whistling heron

a beautifully coloured Whistling Heron

 

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whistling heron

 

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female white lined tanager in evening glow

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and swimming in a secluded lake at sunset without a soul in sight is one of those all too infrequent moments in our lives….totally magical and memorable

 

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the Indian kids had a great time with us too!

 

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Sunrise over lake Kamayura

 

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doesn’t get much prettier than this…

 

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more large billed terns..

 

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And finally I got to see a pair of Araras in flight

 

So these few days in the Mato Grosso region of central Brazil yielded a number of lifers….wonderfully diverse birds to put the icing on a fabulous cataract eye expedition trip to the region.   Highly recommended!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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