This past week we received the visit of guide Octavio Campos Salles with his client. They spent 5 days here and had some memorable moments, like the close encounter with 3 monkey species at the same time on the Ouro Fino Trail (just near the lodge!). They first saw a group of Howler Monkeys high up on a jatobá tree, a couple minutes later they saw some crazy Capuchin Monkeys jumping over 10 meters from one tree to another! Then the biggest surprise of all, a group of the rare and endangered Southern Muriqui Monkeys (the largest primate in the Americas, except us humans of course) came crossing the river to feed on a fruiting tree just above their heads! Amazing rare and close encounter with these incredible animals.
As far as birds lets just say that they saw a lot, 147 total. Here’s a list with some comments:
Red: heard only
Green: new species to the list
Solitary Tinamou – regularly heard on the hills surrounding the lodge.
Brown Tinamou – a fleeting view of one at the end of the Ouro Fino Trail.
Dusky-legged Guan – an adult and a baby at the Main Trail.
Black-fronted Piping-Guan: best-ever views of one at the summit of the Birder’s Trail.
Spot-winged Wood-Quail: heard a group chorusing behind the lodge.
Swallow-tailed Kite: a group of around 30 birds first sitting on top of the huge jatobá tree at the aptly named Jatobá Trail. They all flew off at the same time, a great view!
Mantled Hawk: close views of a bird soaring and screaming at the Main Track.
Roadside Hawk: several at the Entrance Track before the parking lot.
Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle: this uncommon large eagle is becoming a regular at Zizo. Seen soaring over the lodge area.
Barred Forest-Falcon: heard daily at dawn next to the lodge, seen once.
Collared Forest-Falcon: heard behind the lodge once.
Slaty-breasted Wood-Rail: a family of 4 lives at the pond next to the lodge. Seen daily.
Red-capped Parrot: good views of a pair feeding at the summit of Birder’s Trail.
Blue-bellied Parrot: two birds flying at the beggining of the Ouro Fino Trail.
Striped Cuckoo: two birds seen the Main Track and fantastic views of one in the open at the Entrance Track before the parking lot.
Tawny-browed Owl: one found during the day at the Jatobá Trail, another one (maybe the same individual) singing behind the lodge at dawn.
Least Pigmy-Owl: one seen well at the summit of Birder’s Trail.
Common Pauraque: one bird seen at the Entrance Track before the parking lot at night.
Short-tailed Nighthawk: a few of these migrant birds seen daily at dawn or dusk hawking insects over the lodge area.
White-collared Swift: large groups seen everywhere, great views at the Fita Branca viewpoint.
Saw-billed Hermit: mosty at the Ouro Fino Trail.
Black-throated Trogon: great views at the lodge and Entrance Track.
Surucua Trogon: mostly at the lodge.
Rufous-capped Motmot: heard daily at dawn.
Crescent-chested Puffbird: seen well at the lodge and at the Ouro Fino Trail.
Saffron Toucanet: common, seen on several occasions.
Red-breasted Toucan: seen from the Main Track.
Robust Woodpecker: a pair seen at the Entrance Track.
Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper: usually seen at the Ouro Fino river, this time it was located at the pond next to the lodge.
Pale-browed Trehunter: several great views at mid-levels of this bird that usually stays up high.
Buff-fronted Foliage-gleaner: always with mixed flocks, mostly at the Ouro Fino and Birder’s Trail.
Black-capped Foliage-gleaner: at the Ouro Fino Trail.
Sharp-billed Treehunter: at the summit of Birder’s Trail.
Black-billed Scythebill: seen well during a downpour at the Birder’s Trail.
Planalto Woodcreeper: seen often, but one was actually seen foraging at the wooden columns inside the lodge!
White-throated Woodcreeper: near the lodge and at the Main Track.
Spot-backed Antshrike: at the Jatobá Trail.
Tufted Antshrike: common, seen well near the lodge and the Birder’s Trail.
Salvadori’s Antwren: seen on several occasions at the Ouro Fino Trail. It may be a rare bird elsewhere, but not here!
Squamate Antbird: fantastic views near the lodge.
Such’s Antthrush: seen at the Jatobá Trail
Rufous Gnateater: at the Main Track.
Black-cheeked Gnateater: several encounters, best views at the Jatobá and Birder’s Trail.
Oustalet’s Tyrannulet: great views at the Birder’s Trail.
Bay-ringed Tyrannulet: a group of several birds foraging at a small tree next to the lodge.
Southern Beardless Tyrannulet
Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher (aka Whiskered)
Gray-hooded Attila: amazing views at the pond.
Sharpbill: good views at the Birder’s Trail.
Red-ruffed Fruitcrow: good views of this huge cotinga at the Jatobá Trail.
Cinnamon-vented Piha: seen very well at the Jatobá, Main Track and behind the lodge.
Hooded Berryeater: a pair attracted to playback at the Birder’s Trail.
Blue Manakin: mostly young males or females seen, but a single beautiful blue male seen at the Entrance Track.
Pin-tailed Manakin, seen well behind the lodge and at the Ouro Fino Trail.
Wing-barred Piprites: pairs seen at the Ouro Fino and Birder’s Trail.
Greenish Schiffornis: excellent views of one at the Ouro Fino Trail.
Black-tailed Tityra: seen very well at the lodge and at the Fita Branca viewpoint.
Rufous-crowned Greenlet: behind the lodge, twice.
Southern Rough-winged Swallow
Southern House Wren
Veery: very interesting record of this north american migrant. Little is known about the wintering grounds of this species. Seen at second growth near the lodge.
Temminck’s Seedeater: at the Entrance Track.
Uniform Finch: several inside forest and a good view at the Entrance Track.
Black-throated Grosbeak: good views of immature birds at the Main Track.
Masked Yellowthroat: at the Entrance Track before the parking lot.
Riverbank Warbler: at the Ouro Fino river.