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Carajás, Brazil, September 2006

These are photos from an Ornifolks trip, led by Guy Kirwan, to Carajás, in Pará, state. Lying between the Xingu and the Tocantins rivers, the Serra dos Carajás sports the largest open-cast mines in the world and one of the richest avian biodiversities on the planet, 575 species and counting: our trip yielded seven species new to that list. Carajás is particularly rich in woodcreepers and antbirds, but is perhaps most famous for being the place to see the very poorly known Black-chested Tyrant. Although most people are not so keen on tyrant-flycatchers, few people can fail to be impressed by this great bird. Naturally, it was our principal target. Fortunately, a pair is virtually 'staked out' close to our hotel and we got to see this species, until recently considered unknown in life, on our first morning in the field! We recorded almost 400 species during our two-week trip including many other uncommon and sought-after species. Some of the highlights included great looks at Banded Antbird (here at the easternmost edge of its range), two brief views of the localised Peruvian Recurvebill, great looks at Pearly Parakeet, a sadly brief sighting of the recently described Cryptic Forest Falcon (too quick for a photo), great views of Opal-crowned Manakin, a couple of sightings of Yellow-shouldered Grosbeak (I was to get better photographs next year at Alta Floresta), Black-and-white Tody-Tyrant, the undisputed 'king' of the gneateaters, Black-bellied Gnateater, several sightings of the uncommon Blackish Pewee (Carajás also seems to be best place in the world to find this flycatcher too), White-crested Guan, and Rufous-capped (Grey-cheeked) Nunlet. Mammals were also very much in evidence, with at least five species of primates, Southern Tamadua, a couple of great views of Brazilian Tapir, and even a Puma. (Amazingly, the following year Guy had a black Jaguar on the same stretch of road as the Puma, whilst leading another tour.) We even had time for a spot of sight-seeing in Rio at the end!

For a complete list of the bird species recorded at Carajás, see the following paper: Pacheco, J. F., Kirwan, G. M., Aleixo, A., Whitney, B. M., Whittaker, A., Minns, J., Zimmer, K. J., Fonseca, P. S. M., Lima, M. F. C. & Oren, D. C. (2007) An avifaunal inventory of the CVRD Serra dos Carajás project, Pará, Brazil. Cotinga 27: 15-30. You can download this paper by pointing your browser at http://www.freewebs.com/guykirwan/tourleading.htm and following the appropriate link.

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King Vulture
King Vulture
White-tailed Hawk
White-tailed Hawk
Bay-winged Hawk
Bay-winged Hawk
Swallow-tailed Kite
Swallow-tailed Kite
Swallow-tailed Kite
Swallow-tailed Kite
Plumbeous Kite
Plumbeous Kite
Double-toothed Kite
Double-toothed Kite
Laughing Falcon
Laughing Falcon
Laughing Falcon
Laughing Falcon
Laughing Falcon
Laughing Falcon
Red-throated Caracara
Red-throated Caracara
Bare-faced Curassow
Bare-faced Curassow
Bare-faced Curassow
Bare-faced Curassow
Rusty-margined Guan
Rusty-margined Guan
White-crested Guan
White-crested Guan
Southern Lapwing
Southern Lapwing
Solitary Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Red-and-green Macaw
Red-and-green Macaw
Red-and-green Macaw
Red-and-green Macaw
Chestnut-fronted Macaw
Chestnut-fronted Macaw
Hellmayrs Parakeet
Hellmayrs Parakeet
Pearly Parakeet
Pearly Parakeet
Pearly Parakeet
Pearly Parakeet
Pearly Parakeet
Pearly Parakeet
Blue-headed Parrot
Blue-headed Parrot
Red-fan Parrot
Red-fan Parrot
Red-fan Parrot
Red-fan Parrot
Red-fan Parrot
Red-fan Parrot
Striped Cuckoo
Striped Cuckoo
Striped Cuckoo
Striped Cuckoo
Smooth-billed Ani
Smooth-billed Ani
Smooth-billed Ani
Smooth-billed Ani
Great Potoo
Great Potoo
Great Potoo
Great Potoo
Blackish Nightjar
Blackish Nightjar
Blackish Nightjar
Blackish Nightjar
Blackish Nightjar
Blackish Nightjar
Blackish Nightjar
Blackish Nightjar
Blackish Nightjar
Blackish Nightjar
Fork-tailed Woodnymph
Fork-tailed Woodnymph
Fork-tailed Woodnymph
Fork-tailed Woodnymph
Grey-breasted Sabrewing
Grey-breasted Sabrewing
Grey-breasted Sabrewing
Grey-breasted Sabrewing
Long-billed Starthroat
Long-billed Starthroat
Amazonian White-tailed Trogon
Amazonian White-tailed Trogon
Green and Rufous Kingfisher
Green and Rufous Kingfisher
White-fronted Nunbird
White-fronted Nunbird
White-fronted Nunbird
White-fronted Nunbird
White-fronted Nunbird
White-fronted Nunbird
Pied Puffbird
Pied Puffbird
Pied Puffbird
Pied Puffbird
Striolated Puffbird
Striolated Puffbird
Striolated Puffbird
Striolated Puffbird
Striolated Puffbird
Striolated Puffbird
Brown Jacamar
Brown Jacamar
Brown Jacamar
Brown Jacamar
Great Jacamar
Great Jacamar
Blue-cheeked Jacamar
Blue-cheeked Jacamar
Blue-cheeked Jacamar
Blue-cheeked Jacamar
Blue-cheeked Jacamar
Blue-cheeked Jacamar
Rufous-tailed Jacamar
Rufous-tailed Jacamar
Goulds Toucanet
Goulds Toucanet
Gould's Toucanet
Gould's Toucanet
Channel-billed Toucan
Channel-billed Toucan
White-throated Toucan
White-throated Toucan
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