SALTO DO PIRAI
BRAZIL

SANTA CATARINA (Joinville), (Compass)

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

 

Birding Site Guide

This is one of the sites for the critically endangered Kaemfer’s Tody-Tyrant. Salto do Pirai is a large waterfall and the site is a few kms before it. It is fairly easy to reach cheaply. A bus from the Terminal Urbano in Joinville goes to Vila Nova, an area on the outskirts of town. From here you can take a Mototaxi cheaply. I mistakenly went to Cataratas do Pirai which is a water park. Don’t ask to go here. Instead ask to go to Pirai (e.g. the river or church) or even better ‘Salto do Pirai’. If the driver still doesn’t know, try ‘Recanto dos Cachoeira’. This is a park by the big waterfall but the site is a few kms before. Mototaxis are cheap and it only cost me 7R for the ride to Cataratas do Pirai. 

There are a couple of different ways, but if you go through the village of Pirai, you should go past a church and over a couple of rivers. These are popular bathing spots. After the first bridge, there is a sign at a right turn to ‘Parque Ecologico Caminos dos Aguas’. Don’t go right but instead go straight on towards ‘Recanto dos Cachoeira, 6km’. Go over the second bridge and then past an open area before getting to a T-junction where you turn right. Here you can see the waterfall in the distance. After this there are a couple of houses set right back from the road but look instead for houses on the left right next to the road. After the second house, there is a black wooden gate which is closed with just a piece of wire. On the left side of the gate is a kind of ornamental garden. Go through the gate and along for about 5 minutes before getting to the river. The river is only narrow, so you can just jump across. On the other side is a kind of open area with a few patches of trees raised up like islands. There is a boggy, grassy strip between these and the forest which Kaempfer’s apparently crosses several times a day. I didn’t see it but arrived a little late. Interesting species in this area were Chicli (Spix’s) Spinetail, Yellow-lored Tody-Flycatcher and White-shouldered Fire-eye. The following site maybe better for this species. 

I saw 66 species including 0 lifers

 

Species seen 

  • Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  • Bare-faced Ibis Phimosus infuscatus photo'd
  • White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi
  • White-faced Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna viduata photo'd
  • Brazilian Teal Amazonetta brasiliensis
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris Recorded
  • Yellow-headed Caracara Milvago chimachima Heard only
  • Chachalaca sp Ortalis Heard Recorded
  • Gray-necked Wood-Rail Aramides cajanea
  • Wattled Jacana Jacana jacana Recorded
  • Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus
  • Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis photo'd Recorded
  • South American Snipe Gallinago paraguaiae
  • Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  • Rock Pigeon Columba livia Introduced species
  • Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti
  • Plain Parakeet Brotogeris tirica Endemic Recorded
  • Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani
  • Guira Cuckoo Guira guira
  • Ashy-tailed Swift Chaetura andrei
  • Sapphire-spangled Emerald Polyerata lactea
  • Ringed Kingfisher Ceryle torquatus
  • Campo Flicker Colaptes campestris Recorded
  • Rufous Hornero Furnarius rufus
  • Chicli Spinetail Synallaxis spixi Recorded
  • Yellow-chinned Spinetail Certhiaxis cinnamomea
  • White-shouldered Fire-eye Pyriglena leucoptera Recorded
  • White-breasted Tapaculo Scytalopus indigoticus Endemic NT Heard only Recorded
  • Blue Manakin Chiroxiphia caudata Heard only
  • Southern Scrub-Flycatcher Sublegatus modestus
  • Yellow-lored Tody-Flycatcher Todirostrum poliocephalum Endemic photo'd Recorded
  • Yellow-olive Flycatcher Tolmomyias sulphurescens Recorded
  • Cattle Tyrant Machetornis rixosus
  • Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  • Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua Heard only
  • Streaked Flycatcher Myiodynastes maculatus Recorded
  • Piratic Flycatcher Legatus leucophaius
  • Variegated Flycatcher Empidonomus varius
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • Fork-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus savana photo'd
  • Brown-chested Martin Progne tapera photo'd
  • Gray-breasted Martin Progne chalybea
  • White-rumped Swallow Tachycineta leucorrhoa
  • Blue-and-white Swallow Notiochelidon cyanoleuca
  • Southern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx ruficollis
  • Yellowish Pipit Anthus lutescens Recorded
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Rufous-bellied Thrush Turdus rufiventris
  • Creamy-bellied Thrush Turdus amaurochalinus
  • Common Waxbill Estrilda astrild Introduced species Seen in Joinville Photo'd
  • Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
  • Rufous-crowned Greenlet Hylophilus poicilotis
  • Rufous-browed Peppershrike Cyclarhis gujanensis Heard only
  • Golden-crowned Warbler Basileuterus culicivorus photo'd
  • Bananaquit Coereba flaveola
  • Ruby-crowned Tanager Tachyphonus coronatus
  • Green-headed Tanager Tangara seledon
  • Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina
  • Rusty-collared Seedeater Sporophila collaris Possibly seen
  • Saffron Finch Sicalis flaveola photo'd
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • White-browed Blackbird Sturnella superciliaris photo'd
  • 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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