There are a lot of birds in the Pantanal. When I say a lot, I mean there are more bird species at this farm (Pousada Aguapé) than the entirety of my home country New Zealand. Its over 40 degrees centigrade every day and all the sane mammals, including myself, are hiding from the heat. Except for the armadillos who are revelling in it. The birds, however, are loving it and making their presence known. So here are some of the main stars.
These are greater rheas (Rhea americana). It would be nice to still have birds like this in New Zealand.
This is a guira cuckoo (Guira guira). It is having café da manhã.
This is a black-hooded parakeet (Aratinga nenday). Its pretty crap what they have been foraging through.
This is a hyacinth macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus). It is doing its impression of Dr Evil.A hyacinth macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) either eating or destroying something in the Pantanal, Brazil (Photo by James Russell)
This is a narrow-billed woodcreeper (Lepidocolaptes angustirostris). It is inspecting the woodworkmanship.
This is a chaco chachalaca (Ortalis canicollis). I like to call them Pantanal chickens.
This is a plush-crested jay (Cyanocorax chrysops). It thinks it isn’t crazy.
This is a spectacled owl (Pulsatrix perspicillata). It thought it was safe from us at night.
This is a buff-necked ibis (Theristicus caudatus). It is rarely not being loud.
This is a burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia). Watching out for armadillos.
This is a not a bird, it is a capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris), but as king of the rodents I felt it should have a shout out!
There are about 125 more bird species around the farm I haven’t covered here, and 800 more in the entire Pantanal!