BOA NOVA 
BRAZIL

region (near), (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (16th November, 2006)

 

Birding Site Guide

Boa Nova was one of the highlights of my Brazil birding. Apparently it has more endemics per square km than anywhere else in Brazil. It has some fantastic dry forest birds, including Slender Antbird and also great humid forest. These 2 habitats have totally different birds even they're only 10km apart. Boa Nova can be reached easily by bus from Itabuna. There are apparently 3 places to stay in town. Posada Solar is the best of a bad bunch and is R20 per person per night without breakfast. 

The dry forest is just 2km from town and can be easily walked. Go down out of town to the main road and turn left heading towards Dario Meira. After a km or 2 you reach a bridge over a river. Here I saw Chestnut-capped Blackbird, Yellow-chinned Spinetail and Masked Water-Tyrant and heard Rufous-sided Crake. After the bridge there is a farmhouse (Rufous Cachalote) on the left where you should ask permission to enter the land further on. Just after the farmhouse is a gate on the left where you can enter and walk up to the dry forest above. Along the track I saw Pileated Finch and White-flanked Antwren. After a short distance there is a small entrance to a trail through the forest. Here I saw Grey-headed Spinetail. When it comes back out onto the main track, before a gate, there are trails on the other side where I saw Silvery-cheeked Antshrike, Green-winged Saltator and Fuscous Flycatcher. I didn’t explore past this gate. Back at the main road, continue along to another gate on the left after 700m. Between these 2 gates I saw Zone-tailed Hawk, Ruby-topaz Hummingbird, Dark-bileld Cuckoo and Wing-banded Hornero. The gate has some warnings not to enter. I assumed it was the same owner at the house but this maybe worth checking if you are concerned. After the gate, the path splits into 3. Take the right, climb through a fence and up into nice dry forest. Along here I saw Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant, Narrow-billed Antwren, Moustached Antwren, Stripe-backed Antbird and the endangered endemic Slender Antbird. 
The humid forest is another 10km. I walked but better is a bus which passes a stop below the town a bit before 8am, although it seems quite variable. The road climbs up and up and reaches the highest point after about 6km. This pass was quite good and had Cinnamon and Gilt-edged Tanagers, Violaceous and Purple-throated Euphonias. The open area after this had White-bellied and Capped Seedeaters. Further down there is a small school on the left and then a white house with the sign ‘Sition Casa Branca’. Turn left after this at a sign for a farm. This track has good birding and I saw Amethyst Woodstar, Violet-crowned Woodnymph, Frilled Coquette and Bahia Spinetail. There is a path on the left leading up into the excellent forest. Here I saw White-eyed and White-collared Foliage-gleaners, Rufous-brown Solitaire, White-shouldered Fire-eye, Yellow-throated woodpecker, Tufted Antshrike, Red-crowned Ant-Tanager and further up Cinnamon-vented Piha, Ferruginous Antbird and Oustalet’s Tyrannulet. The path gets to a gate and you could explore further on. 


I saw 156 species including 29 lifers 

Species seen 


  • Little Tinamou Crypturellus soui Heard only
  • Red-winged Tinamou Rhynchotus rufescens
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture Cathartes burrovianus
  • Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris
  • Zone-tailed Hawk Buteo albonotatus
  • Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway
  • Yellow-headed Caracara Milvago chimachima
  • American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  • Rufous-sided Crake Laterallus melanophaius Heard only
  • Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis
  • Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti
  • Picui Ground-Dove Columbina picui
  • White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi Heard only
  • White-eyed Parakeet Aratinga leucophthalmus Possibly seen
  • Caatinga Parakeet Aratinga cactorum Endemic Photographed
  • Blue-throated Parakeet Pyrrhura cruentata Endemic Vulnerable
  • Blue-winged Parrotlet Forpus xanthopterygius
  • Dark-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus melacoryphus
  • Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana Heard only
  • Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani
  • Guira Cuckoo Guira guira Photographed
  • Striped Cuckoo Tapera naevia Heard only
  • Rufous-breasted Hermit Glaucis hirsuta
  • Reddish Hermit Phaethornis ruber
  • Sombre Hummingbird Campylopterus cirrochloris Endemic Poss seen
  • Black-throated Mango Anthracothorax nigricollis
  • Ruby-topaz Hummingbird Chrysolampis mosquitus
  • Frilled Coquette Lophornis magnificus Endemic Photographed
  • Glittering-bellied Emerald Chlorostilbon aureoventris
  • Violet-capped Woodnymph Thalurania glaucopis Photographed
  • Sapphire-spangled Emerald Polyerata lactea
  • Amethyst Woodstar Calliphlox amethystina Photographed
  • White-tailed Trogon Trogon viridis Heard only
  • White-fronted Nunbird Monasa morphoeus
  • Swallow-wing Chelidoptera tenebrosa
  • Golden-spangled Piculet Picumnus exilis
  • Red-stained Woodpecker Veniliornis affinis Photographed
  • Yellow-throated Woodpecker Piculus flavigula Photographed
  • Green-barred Woodpecker Colaptes melanochloros
  • Lineated Woodpecker Dryocopus lineatus
  • Pale-legged Hornero Furnarius leucopus
  • Tail-banded Hornero Furnarius figulus Endemic Photographed
  • Rufous Hornero Furnarius rufus
  • Bahia Spinetail Synallaxis whitneyi Endemic Vulnerable Photo'd
  • Sooty-fronted Spinetail Synallaxis frontalis
  • Gray-headed Spinetail Cranioleuca semicinerea Endemic
  • Yellow-chinned Spinetail Certhiaxis cinnamomea
  • Common Thornbird Phacellodomus rufifrons
  • Caatinga Cacholote Pseudoseisura cristata Endemic Possibly seen
  • Plain Xenops Xenops minutus Recorded
  • Pale-browed Treehunter Cichlocolaptes leucophrus Endemic
  • Buff-fronted Foliage-gleaner Philydor rufus Possibly seen
  • White-collared Foliage-gleaner Anabazenops fuscus Endemic
  • White-eyed Foliage-gleaner Automolus leucophthalmus
  • Thrush-like Woodcreeper Dendrocincla turdina
  • Olivaceous Woodcreeper Sittasomus griseicapillus
  • White-throated Woodcreeper Xiphocolaptes albicollis Photo'd
  • Lesser Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus fuscus
  • Straight-billed Woodcreeper Dendroplex picus
  • Spot-backed Antshrike Hypoedaleus guttatus Recorded
  • Tufted Antshrike Mackenziaena severa
  • Silvery-cheeked Antshrike Sakesphorus cristatus Endemic Photo'd
  • Barred Antshrike Thamnophilus doliatus Heard only
  • Sooretama Slaty-Antshrike Thamnophilus ambiguus Endemic Photo'd
  • Variable Antshrike Thamnophilus caerulescens Photographed
  • Spot-breasted Antvireo Dysithamnus stictothorax Endemic NT
  • Stripe-backed Antbird Myrmorchilus strigilatus Photographed
  • Black-capped Antwren Herpsilochmus atricapillus
  • Pileated Antwren Herpsilochmus pileatus Endemic Vulnerable Heard
  • Rufous-winged Antwren Herpsilochmus rufimarginatus
  • Narrow-billed Antwren Neorhopias iheringi Endemic NT Photo'd
  • White-fringed Antwren Formicivora grisea
  • Ferruginous Antbird Drymophila ferruginea Endemic Photographed
  • Streak-capped Antwren Terenura maculata Possibly heard
  • Rio de Janeiro Antbird Cercomacra brasiliana Endemic NT
  • White-shouldered Fire-eye Pyriglena leucoptera Photographed
  • Slender Antbird Rhopornis ardesiaca Endemic Endangered Photo'd
  • Rufous Gnateater Conopophaga lineata Photographed
  • Sharpbill Oxyruncus cristatus
  • Cinnamon-vented Piha Lipaugus lanioides Endemic Vulnerable
  • White-bearded Manakin Manacus manacus
  • Blue Manakin Chiroxiphia caudata Photographed
  • Mouse-colored Tyrannulet Phaeomyias murina
  • Yellow Tyrannulet Capsiempis flaveola Photographed
  • Yellow-bellied Elaenia Elaenia flavogaster
  • Plain-crested Elaenia Elaenia cristata Possibly seen
  • White-bellied Tyrannulet Serpophaga munda Possibly seen
  • Sepia-capped Flycatcher Leptopogon amaurocephalus
  • Oustalet's Tyrannulet Phylloscartes oustaleti Endemic NT Photo'd
  • Drab-breasted Bamboo-Tyrant Hemitriccus diops Photographed
  • Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant Hemitriccus margaritaceiventer
  • Common Tody-Flycatcher Todirostrum cinereum Heard only
  • Yellow-lored Tody-Flycatcher Todirostrum poliocephalum Endemic
  • Bran-colored Flycatcher Myiophobus fasciatus
  • Whiskered Flycatcher Myiobius barbatus
  • Fuscous Flycatcher Cnemotriccus fuscatus Photographed
  • White Monjita Xolmis irupero
  • Masked Water-Tyrant Fluvicola nengeta
  • Yellow-browed Tyrant Satrapa icterophrys
  • Long-tailed Tyrant Colonia colonus Photographed
  • Cattle Tyrant Machetornis rixosus
  • Grayish Mourner Rhytipterna simplex Photographed
  • Swainson's Flycatcher Myiarchus swainsoni Possibly seen Photo'd?
  • Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  • Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis
  • Streaked Flycatcher Myiodynastes maculatus
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • Chestnut-crowned Becard Pachyramphus castaneus
  • Brown-chested Martin Progne tapera
  • Blue-and-white Swallow Notiochelidon cyanoleuca
  • Southern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx ruficollis
  • Moustached Wren Thryothorus genibarbis
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Chalk-browed Mockingbird Mimus saturninus
  • Rufous-brown Solitaire Cichlopsis leucogenys Rare/Accidental
  • Rufous-bellied Thrush Turdus rufiventris
  • Pale-breasted Thrush Turdus leucomelas
  • Cocoa Thrush Turdus fumigatus
  • Tropical Gnatcatcher Polioptila plumbea
  • Common Waxbill Estrilda astrild Introduced species
  • Rufous-browed Peppershrike Cyclarhis gujanensis
  • Masked Yellowthroat Geothlypis aequinoctialis
  • Golden-crowned Warbler Basileuterus culicivorus
  • Flavescent Warbler Basileuterus flaveolus
  • Bananaquit Coereba flaveola
  • Cinnamon Tanager Schistochlamys ruficapillus Photographed
  • Orange-headed Tanager Thlypopsis sordida
  • Flame-crested Tanager Tachyphonus cristatus
  • White-lined Tanager Tachyphonus rufus
  • Black-goggled Tanager Trichothraupis melanops Photographed
  • Red-crowned Ant-Tanager Habia rubica
  • Brazilian Tanager Ramphocelus bresilius Endemic Photographed
  • Sayaca Tanager Thraupis sayaca
  • Palm Tanager Thraupis palmarum
  • Purple-throated Euphonia Euphonia chlorotica
  • Violaceous Euphonia Euphonia violacea
  • Orange-bellied Euphonia Euphonia xanthogaster
  • Gilt-edged Tanager Tangara cyanoventris Endemic Photographed
  • Burnished-buff Tanager Tangara cayana
  • Pileated Finch Coryphospingus pileatus
  • Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina
  • Yellow-bellied Seedeater Sporophila nigricollis
  • White-throated Seedeater Sporophila albogularis Endemic Photo'd
  • White-bellied Seedeater Sporophila leucoptera Photographed
  • Capped Seedeater Sporophila bouvreuil
  • Red-cowled Cardinal Paroaria dominicana Endemic
  • Grassland Sparrow Ammodramus humeralis
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Green-winged Saltator Saltator similis Photographed
  • Yellow-green Grosbeak Caryothraustes canadensis Photographed
  • Chestnut-capped Blackbird Chrysomus ruficapillus
  • White-browed Blackbird Sturnella superciliaris
  • Shiny Cowbird Molothrus bonariensis
  • House Sparrow Passer domesticus Introduced species



Other Fauna 

A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 

Flora 

Author: Charles Hesse

 

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