CEARÁ (near), (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (26th October, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

The Araripe Manakin is very easily seen at a place called Arajara Park near Crato in southern Ceará. Crato can be reached from Fortaleza by bus in about 9 hours (55R). Also from Recife or Teresina. From the terminal, take a bike taxi to Praca Cristo Rei where there is a hotel and internet cafe. The bus leaves here for Arajara Park every hour or 2. One leaves at 8am and returns at 10 or 12. It only takes about 20 minutes to get there (1R). The place is an aquatic park with swimmingpools but also has a kind of forest walk where the manakin is easy to see. At the gate, ask for Ze Marco the manager. He knows the birds quite well and can even whistle them in. When I said I just wanted to see the birds I wasn't charged for using the complex. For more information on the species, contact Weber Silva (one of the discoverers)This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

I saw 39 species including 4 lifers 

Species seen 

  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Short-tailed Hawk Buteo brachyurus Possibly seen Recorded
  • Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris
  • Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis
  • White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
  • Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani
  • Planalto Hermit Phaethornis pretrei Recorded
  • Glittering-bellied Emerald Chlorostilbon aureoventris Possibly seen
  • Blue-crowned Trogon Trogon curucui Possibly heard
  • Little Woodpecker Veniliornis passerinus
  • Olivaceous Woodcreeper Sittasomus griseicapillus Recorded
  • Great Antshrike Taraba major
  • Black-capped Antwren Herpsilochmus atricapillus Recorded
  • Araripe Manakin Antilophia bokermanni Endemic Critically endangered Photo'd Recorded
  • Yellow-bellied Elaenia Elaenia flavogaster
  • Yellow-breasted Flycatcher Tolmomyias flaviventris
  • Black-tailed Flycatcher Myiobius atricaudus
  • Euler's Flycatcher Lathrotriccus euleri
  • Brown-crested Flycatcher Myiarchus tyrannulus
  • Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • Gray-breasted Martin Progne chalybea
  • Southern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx ruficollis
  • Long-billed Wren Thryothorus longirostris Endemic Possibly heard
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Rufous-bellied Thrush Turdus rufiventris
  • Pale-breasted Thrush Turdus leucomelas
  • Common Waxbill Estrilda astrild Introduced species Recorded
  • Golden-crowned Warbler Basileuterus culicivorus
  • Flavescent Warbler Basileuterus flaveolus
  • White-lined Tanager Tachyphonus rufus Photographed
  • Sayaca Tanager Thraupis sayaca
  • Palm Tanager Thraupis palmarum
  • Purple-throated Euphonia Euphonia chlorotica
  • Burnished-buff Tanager Tangara cayana
  • Pectoral Sparrow Arremon taciturnus
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • 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