CHUY (Compass)

00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (27-28th May, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

The town of Chuy is on the Brazilian birder and has a few places to stay. We stayed at a place 1 block from the plaza which was 150 pesos for a double. 8.5km north of the town is the historical fortress of San Miguel. Buses for 18 de Julio leave town regularly and pass Fuerte de San Miguel. Before the fort, there is a bridge over a large river and wetland that is visible from the bridge itself of from a hide on the far side. Blue-billed Black-Tyrant, Snail Kite and Rufescent Tiger-Heron were seen here. Heading towards the fort and before the bridge is a right turn. Along here was excellent birding. On the left in a marshy area near the fence was a Pinnated Bittern. On the road towards the fort birding is good also between the 3 and 5km marks. At 3km was a left turn where there was a small rubbish dump. Here was Chestnut-capped Blackbird and Double-collared Seedeater. At km4 on the right were many Screaming Cowbirds and in the field behind, many White-faced Ibis with a single Roseate Spoonbill. I saw 85 species including lifers. 

Species seen

  • Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  • Whistling Heron Syrigma sibilatrix
  • Cocoi Heron Ardea cocoi
  • Great Egret Ardea alba
  • Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  • Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
  • Rufescent Tiger-Heron Tigrisoma lineatum
  • Pinnated Bittern Botaurus pinnatus
  • Maguari Stork Ciconia maguari
  • Plumbeous Ibis Theristicus caerulescens
  • Bare-faced Ibis Phimosus infuscatus
  • White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi
  • Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja
  • Southern Screamer Chauna torquata
  • Brazilian Teal Amazonetta brasiliensis
  • Speckled Teal Anas flavirostris
  • Silver Teal Anas versicolor
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture Cathartes burrovianus
  • White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus
  • Snail Kite Rostrhamus sociabilis
  • Long-winged Harrier Circus buffoni
  • Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris
  • White-tailed Hawk ? Buteo albicaudatus
  • Southern Caracara Caracara plancus
  • Yellow-headed Caracara Milvago chimachima
  • Chimango Caracara Milvago chimango
  • American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  • Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis
  • Limpkin Aramus guarauna
  • Spot-flanked Gallinule Gallinula melanops
  • Wattled Jacana Jacana jacana
  • White-backed Stilt Himantopus melanurus
  • Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis
  • South American Snipe Gallinago paraguaiae
  • Brown-hooded Gull Larus maculipennis
  • Royal Tern Sterna maxima
  • Picazuro Pigeon Patagioenas picazuro
  • Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata
  • Picui Ground-Dove Columbina picui
  • Monk Parakeet Myiopsitta monachus
  • Guira Cuckoo Guira guira
  • Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia
  • Ringed Kingfisher Ceryle torquata
  • White-spotted Woodpecker Veniliornis spilogaster
  • Green-barred Woodpecker Colaptes melanochloros
  • Campo Flicker Colaptes campestris
  • Rufous Hornero Furnarius rufus
  • Stripe-crowned Spinetail Cranioleuca pyrrhophia
  • Freckle-breasted Thornbird Phacellodomus striaticollis Only heard
  • Firewood-gatherer Anumbius annumbi
  • Rufous-capped Antshrike Thamnophilus ruficapillus
  • Sooty Tyrannulet Serpophaga nigricans
  • White Monjita Xolmis irupero
  • Blue-billed Black-Tyrant Knipolegus cyanirostris
  • Spectacled Tyrant Hymenops perspicillatus
  • Yellow-browed Tyrant Satrapa icterophrys
  • Cattle Tyrant Machetornis rixosus
  • Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  • White-rumped Swallow Tachycineta leucorrhoa
  • Blue-and-white Swallow Pygochelidon cyanoleuca
  • Bank Swallow ? Riparia riparia
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Chalk-browed Mockingbird Mimus saturninus
  • Rufous-bellied Thrush Turdus rufiventris
  • Creamy-bellied Thrush Turdus amaurochalinus
  • Masked Gnatcatcher Polioptila dumicola
  • Rufous-browed Peppershrike Cyclarhis gujanensis
  • Tropical Parula Parula pitiayumi
  • Golden-crowned Warbler Basileuterus culicivorus
  • Diademed Tanager Stephanophorus diadematus
  • Black-and-rufous Warbling-Finch Poospiza nigrorufa
  • Rusty-collared Seedeater Sporophila collaris
  • Double-collared Seedeater ? Sporophila caerulescens
  • Saffron Finch Sicalis flaveola
  • Red-crested Cardinal Paroaria coronata
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Yellow-winged Blackbird Agelaius thilius
  • Chestnut-capped Blackbird Agelaius ruficapillus
  • Bay-winged Cowbird Molothrus badius
  • Screaming Cowbird Molothrus rufoaxillaris
  • Shiny Cowbird Molothrus bonariensis
  • Hooded Siskin Carduelis magellanica
  • European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis Introduced species
  • 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