CEARÁ (near), (Compass)

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Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (October, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

I visited Fortaleza to meet members of Aquasis, a conservation organization working with the Araripe Manakin (following site), Serra de Baturite and projects working with terns and marine mammals. Check: (only in Portugese) or contact AlbertoThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. The forest in Serra de Baturite has some excellent birding the recently split Gray-breasted Parakeet is likely to be listed as a critically endangered species in the near future. Contact Ciro Albano This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. about this area. Ciro and Alberto both speak excellent English. I stayed at the Aquasis office for a few days which is located in a kind of compound called SESC Iparana about 15km west of Fortaleza and can be reached by bus. Ask Alberto for directions. Within the compound is a small patch of forest which has Spot-backed Puffbird, Ochraceous Piculet and Marmoset. I joined a group that went to a place called Pecem about 50km west of Fortaleza. Here was good for terns, waders and Black Skimmer. We also checked some flooded palm forest near Lake Cauipe where we saw Purple Gallinule, Limpkin and Masked Water-Tyrant. Ask Alberto for more details of the site. I saw 70 species including 1 lifer 

I saw 70 species including 1 lifer 

Species seen 

  • Great Egret Ardea alba
  • Snowy Egret Egretta thula Photographed
  • Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  • Striated Heron Butorides striata
  • Brazilean Teal Amazonetta brasiliensis Rare/Accidental
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture Cathartes burrovianus
  • Savanna Hawk Buteogallus meridionalis
  • Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris Photographed
  • Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway
  • Yellow-headed Caracara Milvago chimachima
  • Limpkin Aramus guarauna
  • Purple Gallinule Porphyrio martinica
  • Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
  • Wattled Jacana Jacana jacana
  • Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis
  • Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola Photographed
  • Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus Photographed
  • Wilson's Plover Charadrius wilsonia Photographed
  • Collared Plover Charadrius collaris
  • Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus Photographed
  • Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia
  • Willet Catoptrophorus semipalmatus Photographed
  • Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres Photographed
  • Red Knot Calidris canutus Photographed
  • Sanderling Calidris alba Photographed
  • Laughing Gull Larus atricilla Photographed
  • Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii Rare/Accidental Photographed
  • Common Tern Sterna hirundo Photographed
  • Least Tern Sterna antillarum Photographed
  • Black Tern Chlidonias niger Photographed
  • Black Skimmer Rynchops niger Photographed
  • Rock Pigeon Columba livia Introduced species
  • Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti
  • Scaled Dove Columbina squammata
  • Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana
  • Greater Ani Crotophaga major
  • Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani
  • Guira Cuckoo Guira guira
  • Fork-tailed Palm-Swift Tachornis squamata
  • Blue-crowned Trogon Trogon curucui
  • Amazon Kingfisher Chloroceryle amazona
  • Green Kingfisher Chloroceryle americana Heard
  • Spot-backed Puffbird Nystalus maculatus
  • Ochraceous Piculet Picumnus limae Endemic Vulnerable
  • Green-barred Woodpecker Colaptes melanochloros
  • Pale-legged Hornero Furnarius leucopus Possibly seen
  • Great Antshrike Taraba major
  • Common Tody-Flycatcher Todirostrum cinereum
  • Yellow-olive Flycatcher Tolmomyias sulphurescens
  • Yellow-breasted Flycatcher Tolmomyias flaviventris Recorded?
  • Masked Water-Tyrant Fluvicola nengeta
  • Cattle Tyrant Machetornis rixosus
  • Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  • Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • Brown-chested Martin Progne tapera Possibly seen
  • Gray-breasted Martin Progne chalybea
  • White-winged Swallow Tachycineta albiventer
  • Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  • Yellowish Pipit Anthus lutescens
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Pale-breasted Thrush Turdus leucomelas
  • Rufous-browed Peppershrike Cyclarhis gujanensis
  • Golden-crowned Warbler Basileuterus culicivorus
  • Bananaquit Coereba flaveola
  • Sayaca Tanager Thraupis sayaca
  • Violaceous Euphonia Euphonia violacea
  • 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