Recent bird sightings on excursions

Male Restinga Antwren <em>Formicivora littoralis</em> (© Nicholas Locke)
Male Restinga Antwren Formicivora littoralis (© Nicholas Locke)
Whimbrels <em>Numenius phaeopus</em> and Clapper Rail <em>Rallus crepitans</em>, Cabo Frio (&copy; Leonardo Pimentel)
Whimbrels Numenius phaeopus and Clapper Rail Rallus crepitans, Cabo Frio (© Leonardo Pimentel)

Over the last few months we’ve had some fantastic sightings on our excursions. Highlights include:

Cabo Frio: Excellent views of the Critically Endangered Restinga Antwren, along with White-cheeked Pintail, Brown Booby, Little Blue Heron, Roseate Spoonbill, Clapper Rail, Semipalmated Plover, Collared Plover, Whimbrel, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Ruddy Turnstone, White-rumped Sandpiper, Grey-headed Gull, Sooretama Slaty Antshrike, Hangnest Tody-Tyrant and Tawny-crowned Pygmy-Tyrant.

Macaé de Cima: Mantled Hawk, Brown-backed Parrotlet, Red-capped Parrot, Scale-throated Hermit, Green-crowned Plovercrest, White-throated Hummingbird, Brazilian Ruby, Amethyst Woodstar, Yellow-browed Woodpecker, Giant Antshrike, Rufous-backed Antvireo, Bertoni’s Antbird, Ochre-rumped Antbird, Rufous Gnateater, Rufous-tailed Antthrush, White-throated Woodcreeper, Planalto Woodcreeper, Black-billed Scythebill, Rufous-capped Spinetail, Pallid Spinetail, Red-eyed Thornbird, White-browed Foliage-gleaner, White-collared Foliage-gleaner, Grey-capped Tyrannulet, Shear-tailed Grey-Tyrant, Hooded Berryeater, Bare-throated Bellbird, Black-and-gold Cotinga, Sharpbill, Greenish Schiffornis, Azure-shouldered Tanagers, Fawn-breasted Tanager, Brassy-breasted Tanager and Bay-chested Warbling-Finch.

Pico da Caledônia: Then undoubted highlight has been great views of the rare Grey-winged Cotinga, but other sightings have included Dusky-legged Guan, White-necked Hawk, Red-legged Seriema, Golden-tailed Parrotlet, Green-crowned Plovercrest, Glittering-bellied Emerald, White-throated Hummingbird, Brazilian Ruby, Yellow-browed Woodpecker, Giant Antshrike, Large-tailed Antshrike, Rufous-capped Antshrike, Variable Antshrike, Rufous-backed Antvireo, Rufous-tailed Antbird, Dusky-tailed Antbird, Rufous Gnateater, Mouse-coloured Tapaculo, Black-billed Scythebill, Itatiaia Thistletail, Pallid Spinetail, Orange-eyed Thornbird, Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper, Grey-capped Tyrannulet, Highland Elaenia, Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet, Blue-billed Black-Tyrant, Velvety Black-Tyrant, Shear-tailed Grey Tyrant, Swallow-tailed Cotinga, Bare-throated Bellbird, Black-and-gold Cotinga, Saffron-crested Tyrant-Manakin, Diademed Tanager, Bay-chested Warbling-Finch, Buffy-fronted Seedeater, Green-winged Saltator, Thick-billed Saltator and Hooded Siskin.

Sumidouro: Fantastic views of the Vulnerable Three-toed Jacamar, along with a supporting cast of Blue-winged Macaw, White-eyed Parakeet, Common Barn Owl, Sapphire-spangled Emerald, Serra Antwren, Hangnest Tody-Tyrant, Eared Pygmy-Tyrant, Crested Black-Tyrant, White-rumped Monjita, Gilt-edged Tanager, Yellow-bellied Seedeater and Crested Oropendola.

Green-crowned Plovercrest <em>Stephanoxis lalandi</em> (&copy; Leonardo Pimentel)
Green-crowned Plovercrest Stephanoxis lalandi (© Leonardo Pimentel)
Black-and-gold Cotinga <em>Lipaugus ater</em> (&copy; Leonardo Pimentel)
Black-and-gold Cotinga Lipaugus ater (© Leonardo Pimentel)
Yellow-bellied Seedeater <em>Sporophila nigricollis</em> (&copy; Leonardo Pimentel)
Yellow-bellied Seedeater Sporophila nigricollis (© Leonardo Pimentel)