Friday, February 27, 2009

Brazil: Rainforest endemics

The total number of bird species seen on my recent trip to Brazil's Atlantic Rainforest was 239. A further 10 species were heard but not seen. Of this great total 69 were Atlantic forest endemics, such as Slaty-breasted Wood-Rail, Plain and Maroon-bellied Parakeets, Sombre Hummingbird, Three-toed Jacamar, Pallid Spinetail, Red-eyed Thornbird, Lesser and Scaled Woodcreepers, Tufted Antshrike, Star-throated Antwren, Scaled Antbird, Brazilan Tanager, Uniform Finch and, of course, Yellow-browed and Yellow-eared Woodpeckers. Thanks are due to my companions on the trip and especially to our hard working local guide Pete Forrest.

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