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Araguaia Valley, Central Brazil December 2008–January 2009 & July 2010

These photographs document two trips to the states of Goiás, Mato Grosso and Tocantins in central Brazil, to observe the recently rediscovered Cone-billed Tanager Conothraupis mesoleuca and Kaempfer's Woodpecker Celeus obrieni, as well as the Araguaia endemics. However, the chief goal of both trips was to search for the globally threatened Hooded Seedeater Sporophila melanops, which is categorised as Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct) by BirdLife International / IUCN (cf. Butchart et al. 2006). The work was concentrated in the Araguaia Valley, with searches for and of suitable habitat for Sporophila seedeaters on both banks of the river, in all three states. On both occasions we travelled slowly north through the Araguaia Valley. Much time was spent in the car searching for suitable marshy wetlands with high likelihood for finding seedeaters, stopping wherever we found such habitat. Wherever possible we asked local people about the presence of suitable areas for Sporophila, to aid our searches and save time. In such relatively short periods, it was of course impossible to fully explore the region, but on the first trip we were further hampered from exploring potentially interesting areas, for instance the road between Araguaiana and Cocalina, Mato Grosso, due to the prevailing weather conditions, which were very wet and prevented us taking many dirt roads because they were effectively impassable or likely to be so. Some of these areas were better covered on the second visit. Notes and, wherever possible, photographs were taken during all encounters with Yellow-bellied Seedeater Sporophila nigricollis, particularly concerning plumage variation. On the first trip, to start with, however, two days were spent in Emas National Park, in extreme south-west Goiás, conducting observations, making recordings and photographing the recently rediscovered Cone-billed Tanager, in order that searches for suitable habitat and playback trials for that species could be conducted further north in the Araguaia Valley. Significant time was spent further north in the states of Pará and Tocantins, also searching for suitable habitat for S. melanops, as well as conducting general avifaunal work in some comparatively poorly-covered regions of the country. In addition to myself, Guy Kirwan (who prepared these notes) and my brother, Jonathan, attended the first trip, and myself and Guy alone on the second.

Some species are geo-tagged especially when range does not correspond with the available literature, click on 'view map' to go to location.

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Greater Rhea
Greater Rhea
Greater Rhea
Greater Rhea
Greater Rhea
Greater Rhea
Red-winged Tinamou
Red-winged Tinamou
Spotted Nothura
Spotted Nothura
Horned Screamer
Horned Screamer
Horned Screamer
Horned Screamer
Horned Screamer
Horned Screamer
White-faced Whistling Duck
White-faced Whistling Duck
Orinoco Goose
Orinoco Goose
Orinoco Goose
Orinoco Goose
Orinoco Goose
Orinoco Goose
Orinoco Goose
Orinoco Goose
Masked Duck
Masked Duck
White-crested Guan
White-crested Guan
White-crested Guan
White-crested Guan
Bare-faced Curassow
Bare-faced Curassow
Bare-faced Curassow
Bare-faced Curassow
Bare-faced Curassow
Bare-faced Curassow
Bare-faced Curassow
Bare-faced Curassow
Neotropic Cormorant
Neotropic Cormorant
Neotropic Cormorant
Neotropic Cormorant
Neotropic Cormorant
Neotropic Cormorant
Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Cocoi (White-necked) Heron
Cocoi (White-necked) Heron
Cocoi (White-necked) Heron
Cocoi (White-necked) Heron
Whistling Heron
Whistling Heron
Capped Heron
Capped Heron
Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret
Green Ibis
Green Ibis
Bare-faced Ibis
Bare-faced Ibis
Bare-faced Ibis
Bare-faced Ibis
Buff-necked Ibis
Buff-necked Ibis
Buff-necked Ibis
Buff-necked Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill
Jabiru
Jabiru
Jabiru
Jabiru
Wood Stork
Wood Stork
Turkey Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture
Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture
Hook-billed Kite
Hook-billed Kite
Swallow-tailed Kite
Swallow-tailed Kite
Swallow-tailed Kite
Swallow-tailed Kite
Snail Kite
Snail Kite
Snail Kite
Snail Kite
Snail Kite
Snail Kite
Crane Hawk
Crane Hawk
Savanna Hawk
Savanna Hawk
Savanna Hawk
Savanna Hawk
Short-tailed Hawk
Short-tailed Hawk
Aplomado Falcon
Aplomado Falcon
Alpomado Falcon
Alpomado Falcon
American Kestrel
American Kestrel
Giant Wood Rail
Giant Wood Rail
Giant Wood Rail
Giant Wood Rail
Blackish Rail
Blackish Rail
Blackish Rail
Blackish Rail
Blackish Rail
Blackish Rail
Sungrebe
Sungrebe
Red-legged Seriema
Red-legged Seriema
Red-legged Seriema
Red-legged Seriema
Southern Lapwing
Southern Lapwing
Southern Lapwing
Southern Lapwing
Pied Lapwing
Pied Lapwing
Collared Plover
Collared Plover
Collared Plover
Collared Plover
Collared Plover
Collared Plover
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