MATO GROSSO DO SUL (near), (Compass)

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Best Time for visit (11th-13th December, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

I visited these sites in Mato Grosso do Sul state in search of the Hyacinth Macaw. There are supposedly a few near the town of Bonito but I don't think this is such a good place to look for them. If you want to have a go, I was told there are a few at Rio de Peixe which is over 30km away. It can be visited on a tour organized through the Youth Hostel or other agencies. The price I was quoted was 120R for a taxi and 67R per person for a guided tour. There are apparently other things to see like waterfalls. The owner puts out food which attracts a few macaw species. 

I did a bit of birding near town and saw Undulated Tinamou, Red-legged Seriema, Burrowing Owl, Aplomado Falcon, Purplish Jay, Black-tailed Tityra & Chestnut-eared Aracari. The Youth Hostel is very nice and only 25R per person. The Hotel Muito Bonito also sounds nice at 40R per person. Bonito is reached by Cruceiro do Sul bus from Campo Grande taking 5 hours. 

After failing to see Hyacinth Macaw in Bonito, I moved to Miranda which I also reached in a Cruceiro do Sul bus leaving at 6am, taking 3 hours and costing 20R. In Miranda, there are a number of hotels just along from the office towards the Campo Grande-Corumba road. The cheapest was Hotel Diogo which was just 20R with breakfast. There is a nice lodge just 36km from Mrianda where you can see Hyacinth Macaws called Reserva Ecologica Caiman (67 3242 1450). To get there, go North at the roundabout on the main road. This is right coming from Campo Grande, left from Corumba and straight coming from Miranda. This road goes onto another town, but after a few hundred metres, turn left onto a gravel road at the signs for 'Caiman'. It is 36km away but possible to hitch some of the way. You need to contact them beforehand to arrange your accompaniment. There were no researchers there when I called so I couldn't get in. I saw the macaws though, along this road within walking distance of the town. 

Just after the turn there is a small stream on the left where I saw Grey-necked Wood-Rail and Narrow-billed Woodcreeper. There are a few houses on the first stretch (look out for Dark-billed Cuckoo in the gardens) and after that open pasture land with scattered trees. I saw Red-and-green Macaws here too. After a couple of kms, there is a sign on the right for 'Estancia Paraiso' and also a turn-off on the left. Ignore these and carry straight on. Further on is a left bend with some forest on the right which was quite birdy. Further still the road crosses a small stream where there is a small marsh (listen for crakes) then another house on the left (Great Rufous Woodcreeper in the garden). After this, the road goes over 2 small wooden bridges (splitting and meeting up again at the second). After this there is an obvious sign on the left which reads 'Chacara, Jesus ea Vida', then a open field on the left, then the place where I saw the Hyacinth Macaws. About 5-6km from Miranda (estimated). It looks like good habitat with open woodland with many palms. I saw 7-9 Hyacinth Macaws here between 9:30 and 10:30. They seem quite quiet in the late morning, sitting quietly on high branches and are probably more active earlier on. Further on, there is good habitat and I saw Greater Rhea with chicks. Close to 'Caiman' there are more mammals. I saw an armadillo and tapir tracks. I saw 133 species including 1 lifer 

Species seen 

  • Greater Rhea Rhea americana NT
  • Undulated Tinamou Crypturellus undulatus Recorded
  • Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
  • Whistling Heron Syrigma sibilatrix
  • Capped Heron Pilherodius pileatus photo'd
  • Cocoi Heron Ardea cocoi photo'd
  • Great Egret Ardea alba
  • Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  • Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  • Striated Heron Butorides striata
  • Rufescent Tiger-Heron Tigrisoma lineatum
  • Jabiru Jabiru mycteria
  • Buff-necked Ibis Theristicus caudatus
  • Bare-faced Ibis Phimosus infuscatus
  • White-faced Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna viduata
  • Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis
  • Brazilian Teal Amazonetta brasiliensis Possibly seen
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura photo'd
  • Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture Cathartes burrovianus
  • Plumbeous Kite Ictinia plumbea photo'd
  • Crane Hawk Geranospiza caerulescens
  • Savanna Hawk Buteogallus meridionalis
  • Harris's Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus
  • Black-collared Hawk Busarellus nigricollis
  • Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris
  • Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle Spizastur melanoleucus Possibly seen before Campo grande
  • Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway
  • American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  • Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis
  • Chaco Chachalaca Ortalis canicollis Recorded
  • Limpkin Aramus guarauna
  • Gray-necked Wood-Rail Aramides cajanea
  • Red-legged Seriema Cariama cristata photo'd Recorded
  • Wattled Jacana Jacana jacana
  • Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus
  • Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis
  • Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria
  • Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos Possibly seen
  • Large-billed Tern Phaetusa simplex
  • Rock Pigeon Columba livia Introduced species
  • Picazuro Pigeon Patagioenas picazuro
  • Pale-vented Pigeon Patagioenas cayennensis
  • Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata Possibly seen
  • Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti Recorded
  • Picui Ground-Dove Columbina picui
  • Scaled Dove Columbina squammata
  • White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi Recorded
  • Hyacinth Macaw Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus Endangered photo'd Recorded
  • Red-and-green Macaw Ara chloroptera Recorded
  • Red-bellied Macaw Orthopsittaca manilata Possibly seen Recorded?
  • White-eyed Parakeet Aratinga leucophthalmus Recorded
  • Dusky-headed Parakeet Aratinga weddellii Possibly seen
  • Peach-fronted Parakeet Aratinga aurea
  • Nanday Parakeet Nandayus nenday photo'd Recorded
  • Yellow-chevroned Parakeet Brotogeris chiriri photo'd Recorded
  • Scaly-headed Parrot Pionus maximiliani photo'd Recorded
  • Blue-fronted Parrot Amazona aestiva photo'd Recorded
  • Dark-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus melacoryphus photo'd
  • Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani photo'd Recorded
  • Guira Cuckoo Guira guira photo'd Recorded
  • Striped Cuckoo Tapera naevia Heard only
  • Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia
  • Gilded Sapphire Hylocharis chrysura Recorded?
  • Surucua Trogon Trogon surrucura
  • Amazon Kingfisher Chloroceryle amazona
  • Spot-backed Puffbird Nystalus maculatus photo'd
  • Chestnut-eared Aracari Pteroglossus castanotis
  • Toco Toucan Ramphastos toco
  • White Woodpecker Melanerpes candidus
  • Checkered Woodpecker Picoides mixtus
  • Campo Flicker Colaptes campestris
  • Lineated Woodpecker Dryocopus lineatus
  • Rufous Hornero Furnarius rufus photo'd Recorded
  • Yellow-chinned Spinetail Certhiaxis cinnamomea
  • Common Thornbird Phacellodomus rufifrons photo'd Recorded
  • Greater Thornbird Phacellodomus ruber
  • Great Rufous Woodcreeper Xiphocolaptes major
  • Narrow-billed Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes angustirostris
  • Great Antshrike Taraba major Recorded
  • Barred Antshrike Thamnophilus doliatus Recorded
  • Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet Camptostoma obsoletum
  • Southern Scrub-Flycatcher Sublegatus modestus
  • White-rumped Monjita Xolmis velata
  • White Monjita Xolmis irupero
  • Streamer-tailed Tyrant Gubernetes yetapa
  • Cattle Tyrant Machetornis rixosus
  • Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus Recorded
  • Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua
  • Streaked Flycatcher Myiodynastes maculatus
  • Piratic Flycatcher Legatus leucophaius
  • Variegated Flycatcher Empidonomus varius
  • Crowned Slaty Flycatcher Griseotyrannus aurantioatrocristatus photo'd
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus Recorded
  • White-winged Becard Pachyramphus polychopterus photo'd
  • Black-tailed Tityra Tityra cayana photo'd
  • Black-crowned Tityra Tityra inquisitor
  • Brown-chested Martin Progne tapera photo'd Recorded
  • Gray-breasted Martin Progne chalybea
  • Southern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx ruficollis photo'd
  • Thrush-like Wren Campylorhynchus turdinus Recorded
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon Recorded
  • Chalk-browed Mockingbird Mimus saturninus
  • Rufous-bellied Thrush Turdus rufiventris
  • Creamy-bellied Thrush Turdus amaurochalinus
  • Tropical Gnatcatcher Polioptila plumbea
  • Purplish Jay Cyanocorax cyanomelas Recorded
  • Rufous-browed Peppershrike Cyclarhis gujanensis
  • White-shouldered Tanager Tachyphonus luctuosus Recorded
  • Sayaca Tanager Thraupis sayaca photo'd
  • Palm Tanager Thraupis palmarum
  • Swallow-Tanager Tersina viridis
  • Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina
  • Rusty-collared Seedeater Sporophila collaris
  • Lined Seedeater Sporophila lineola photo'd
  • White-bellied Seedeater Sporophila leucoptera
  • Saffron Finch Sicalis flaveola Recorded
  • Red-crested Cardinal Paroaria coronata
  • Yellow-billed Cardinal Paroaria capitata
  • Grassland Sparrow Ammodramus humeralis Recorded
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Grayish Saltator Saltator coerulescens Recorded
  • Unicolored Blackbird Agelasticus cyanopus
  • Bay-winged Cowbird Molothrus badius
  • Shiny Cowbird Molothrus bonariensis
  • Giant Cowbird Molothrus oryzivorus
  • Epaulet Oriole Icterus cayanensis photo'd
  • Solitary Cacique Cacicus solitarius
  • Crested Oropendola Psarocolius decumanus
  • Yellow-rumped Marshbird Pseudoleistes guirahuro
  • Chopi Blackbird Gnorimopsar chopi
  • Orange-backed Troupial Icterus croconotus Recorded
  • House Sparrow Passer domesticus Introduced species

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse