The birds of the neighboring forest, a micro-portrait of biodiversity – Darwin and God

I was lucky enough to live next to a wooded area (transition area between Atlantic forest and Cerrado) for seven years. With the help of a bird watcher from the Wildlife Conservation Society, I occasionally try to identify the winged species I see here, especially when I can walk near the forest early in the morning. This weekend I was able to make an inventory of all the animals I remember from those years. Here it is (I remember of course getting confused in some cases – my eye isn’t the best trained):

1) Jacupemba (Penelope superciliaris)
2) Crested Curassow (Crax fasciolata)
3) small blow (Butorides striatus)
4) Great Egret (Ardea alba)
5) Curicaca (Theristicus causaria)
6) black vulture (Coragyps atratus)
7) Carcará (Caracara plancus)
8) I want (Vanellus chilensis)
9) whitewing (Patagioenas picazuro)
10) bean roll (Columbina talpacoti)
11) Maracanã parakeet (Aratinga leucophtalma)
12) yellow-faced parakeet (Brotogeris chiriri)
13) Black anu (Crotophaga ani)
14) White Anu (Guira Guira)
15) Tucanuçu (Ramphastos toco)
16) Woodpecker (Colaptes campestris)
17) Arapaçu-do-cerrado (Lepidocolaptes angustirostris)
18) João-de-Barro (Furnarius rufus)
19) Choró-boi (Taraba-major)
20) Barred Hatchback (Thamnophilus doriatus)
21) Bentevi (Pitangus sulfuratus)
22) Siriri (Tyrannus melancholicus)
23) Tangará (Chiroxiphia caudata)
24) Tower (Cyanocorax cristatellus)
25) field thrush (Mimus saturninus)
26) Corruíra (cave dweller musculus)
27) thrush (Turdus leucomelas)
28) blue-headed (Dacnis cayana)
29) Yellow Bridge Tanager (Tangara cayana)
30) black cat (Euphonia violacea)
31) Gray hedgehog (Thraupis sayaca)
32) coconut algae (Thraupis palmarum)
33) Red Pipira (Ramphocelus carbo)
34) Coleirinha (Sporophila caerulescens)
35) Land canary (Sicalis flaveola)
36) Tico-Tico (Zonotrichia capensis)
37) Chupim (Molothrus bonariensis)

(Hummingbirds are fairly common here, but I have no eye for identifying them, so they’re not on the list.)

And how many birds have you seen in your neighborhood?


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