Blue-naped Chlorophonia (48614 bytes)Brazil Travel Diary - p 2

19 September 2004
Late this morning another little tanager, Blue-naped Chlorophonia, showed up at the banana tray.  Like the euphonias, it's usually found in treetops - this is the first time I've seen them come to bananas.




Blond-crested Woodpecker (79866 bytes)




    A bird that one wouldn't expect at a fruit tray, Blond-crested Woodpecker, visits several times a day.  I manage a photo of the male on the trunk of a papaya tree.  Like our Northern (Red-shafted) Flicker in North America, he sports a red moustache that is absent in the female.
    In addition to the feeder birds, the open lawn behind the lodge showcases lots of flycatchers:  Great Kiskadee, Rusty-margined Flycatcher, White-throated Spadebill, and Gray-hooded Attila.  During my first two days here the weather was cool and overcast, at which time the remarkable Spot-billed Toucanets put in an appearance  They haven't been seen since, although I occasionally hear them calling.  White-tailed Trogon also calls from the forest and once ventured into the garden.  A little Streak-capped Antwren gleans insects in the trees around the feeder. 


Masked Water-Tyrant (53864 bytes)



20 September 2004
On every trip, I take photos of birds that were not on my "shopping list" of species that I wanted to photograph.  But I just couldn't resist the Masked Water-Tyrant, who struck a "Hey, look at me!" pose.  It's a common open-country flycatcher in these parts.  Two that are regularly seen are building a nest in an Araucaria (southern hemisphere hoop pine) tree in the garden.  The tree is next to the swimming pool, so I suppose it's natural that a water-tyrant, usually found near water, should choose it.


Black-Jacobin (66552 bytes)



20 September 2004
The lodge bird list includes an impressive 14 hummingbirds, 7 of which are endemic to the Atlantic Rainforest.  Although Andy maintains sugar-water feeders around the garden, the most colorful hummers, including Violet-capped Woodnymph, Saw-billed Hermit, and Brazilian Ruby, are, to be honest, not very cooperative.  More obliging are the two common ones, both endemic:  the all-too-aptly named Sombre Hummingbird and the Black Jacobin.  The latter has some iridescence on his wings, but really does look all black, except of course for that white tail, which it flashes to great advantage when feeding or threatened by the Sombre.  All in all, a very handsome bird.



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