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brazil birds 
other nATURE
including mammals 
& butterflies

during the 
Focus On Nature Tour 
in October 2009

All of the photographs that follow were taken during that tour 
by tour participant, Marie Z. Gardner of Delaware, USA -
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Long-winged Harrier 


Birds & Other Wildlife during our Brazil Tour Oct '09

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Part 1: Tinamous to Doves
Part 2: Macaws to Flycatchers 
Part 3: Antshrikes to Grosbeaks

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A rare hummingbird known as
the Hyacinth Visorbearer,
in Minas Gerais


A striking raptor aptly named 
the Long-winged Harrier,
here going away.
In the photo at the top of this page,
flying closely by.


 A Magellanic Penguin
on the beach in Rio Grande do Sul

A Snowy-crowned Tern on that same beach


Also on that beach, two species of Gulls,
 the Gray-hooded & Brown-hooded,
even though the brown looks black.
Another name, maybe more appropriate
for the Brown-hooded Gull has been
Patagonian Black-headed Gull. 

Away from the coast, a tinamou 
called the Spotted Nothura.
Yes, for us, it was a tinamou that was spotted,
as most in that group are not readily seen.   

A pair of Ringed Teals.
The male, in front, is a strikingly attractive bird. 

An Orange-eyed Thornbird at its nest.


A Long-tailed Tyrant posing in the bright sunlight.


A Crested Black Tyrant, simply posing


A Spectacled Tyrant, the male 

A Spectacled Tyrant, the female

Against the blue of a clear sky,
in a treetop in Rio Grande do Sul,
a Glaucous-blue Grosbeak.
The species used to be called the Indigo Grosbeak.
Well, there already were birds named
Blue Grosbeak, Blue Bunting, & Indigo Bunting.
This species is restricted to very far-southern Brazil,
Uruguay, and adjacent Argentina.

In Brazil, the Brown-and-yellow Marshbird
is only in the far-southern part of the country
in Rio Grande do Sul.
It is more a bird of Argentina & Uruguay


When a Morpho butterfly alights,
as in the photo above,
its intricate underwing pattern is visible,
and not the brilliant blue of the upperwing, 
which can partly be seen
in the photo below.
This butterfly, in southeast Brazil, 
is Morpho achillides,
not the same species as, for example,
in Costa Rica.     
(photos by Marie Gardner) 

In the trees of a fine forest,
the orange-hued monkey called the
Brown Howler.
We saw it & we heard it during the tour.  

Also seen & heard was another primate,
the Masked Titi. 


In the hills of Minas Gerais, we stayed, once again, 
as we have during our previous tours,
at a monastery called Caraca,
Among birds we saw there were 
the Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, the Purple-winged Ground Dove,
and the Gilt-edged Tanager 
(that's "gilt", not "guilt" even though at a monastery).
After dark, we heard a Rusty-barred Owl
and saw the Maned Wolf.  

A painting of a Maned Wolf on a monastery wall at Caraca   

After dark at Caraca, the Maned Wolf itself. 

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