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What

Golden Silk Orb-weaver Nephila clavipes

Observer

timhirsch

Date

March 15, 2008 07:50 AM CET

Description

This is one of the spiders that cast their webs across the forest trails, sometimes spanning a space 3-4 metres across. You have to be careful not to walk straight into them.

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What

Uniform Finch Haplospiza unicolor

Observer

timhirsch

Date

August 8, 2007 08:18 AM CEST

Description

Male. A pair giving their very high-pitched, silky call seen hopping about the palm leaves and bromelias just behind house. Subsequently heard frequently around the property.

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Observer

timhirsch

Date

August 10, 2007 07:41 AM CEST

Description

I don't know of an English common name. This is a common palm the lowland Atlantic Forest, with sharp needle-like spines on the trunk and these large orange-brown fruit. Theory is that the spines were evolved as protection against large, now-extinct megafauna such as Megatherium.

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What

Bananaquit Coereba flaveola

Observer

timhirsch

Date

September 3, 2007 07:49 AM CEST

Description

Posed for me very close while flitting about on some orange blossoms in our orchard.

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What

Lesser Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus fuscus

Observer

timhirsch

Date

September 3, 2007 07:07 AM CEST

Description

One of three woodcreeper species common in this location.

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What

Fawn-breasted Tanager Pipraeidea melanonota

Observer

timhirsch

Date

September 9, 2007 11:05 AM CEST

Description

Seen only in austral spring in this location.

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Observer

timhirsch

Date

January 12, 2008 07:39 AM CET

Description

Dead leaf mantis, seen on ladder behind house in lowland Atlantic Forest property. Has been suggested as Acanthops falcataria.

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What

White-necked Hawk Buteogallus lacernulatus

Observer

timhirsch

Date

February 3, 2008 10:15 AM CET

Description

Vulnerable hawk species seen regularly in this location, flying inside covered forest and circling above.

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Observer

timhirsch

Date

April 13, 2008 06:52 AM CEST

Description

Single stand of this chestnut-red barked tree near riverbank. Bark peels off reveal smooth, very hard trunk.

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What

Black-eared Fairy Heliothryx auritus

Observer

timhirsch

Date

August 17, 2008 08:52 AM CEST

Description

This extraordinary hummingbird for some reason took a liking to a blanket hanging over the rail of our balcony, and kept coming back to investigate it. Also seen around butterfly-lily patch.

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What

Unicolored Antwren Myrmotherula unicolor

Observer

timhirsch

Date

August 22, 2008 07:20 AM CEST

Description

Heard commonly from lower mid-storey in denser parts of this well-preserved secondary forest fragment.

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What

Festive Coquette Lophornis chalybeus

Observer

timhirsch

Date

August 16, 2008 08:02 AM CEST

Description

Perching on fruit tree in open area. Identified as immature male after some discussion (see comment string on Flickr) but willing to open further discussion.

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What

Dusky-throated Hermit Phaethornis squalidus

Observer

timhirsch

Date

October 12, 2008 11:19 AM CEST

Description

This species was heard and seen lekking noisily in the understorey from about August to February in an area near the forest edge rich in heliconia plants.

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What

Cliff Flycatcher Hirundinea ferruginea

Observer

timhirsch

Date

October 5, 2008 11:54 AM CEST

Description

Resident in human-altered areas of this location, perching on electricity poles and nesting on house pillars.

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What

Ochre-collared Piculet Picumnus temminckii

Observer

timhirsch

Date

October 16, 2008 04:45 PM CEST

Description

Common in middle branches at or near forest edge in this location.

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What

Variable Antshrike Thamnophilus caerulescens

Observer

timhirsch

Date

October 11, 2008 10:52 AM CEST

Description

Female

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What

White-throated Spadebill Platyrinchus mystaceus

Observer

timhirsch

Date

November 20, 2008 07:17 AM CET

Description

Hopping about animatedly about eye-level in understorey, approaching quite close without playback.

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What

Blue-winged Parrotlet Forpus xanthopterygius

Observer

timhirsch

Date

November 19, 2008 07:53 AM CET

Description

Common year-round in this location, pair shown here investigating holes in hollow trunk made by - and still occupied by - Yellow-fronted woodpeckers (Melanerpes flavifrons). The parrotlets subsequently nested elsewhere.

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What

Dusky-legged Guan Penelope obscura

Observer

timhirsch

Date

February 28, 2009 08:38 AM CET

Description

Common in family groups year-round at this location, coming out to feed especially at dawn and dusk on Euterpe edulis and Syagrus romanzoffiana palm fruits.

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What

Ringed kingfisher Megaceryle torquata

Observer

timhirsch

Date

March 26, 2009 04:25 PM CET

Description

Remained perched in same location about 10m above bank of stocked fish pond for months on end especially during austral winter.

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What

Red-breasted Toucan Ramphastos dicolorus

Observer

timhirsch

Date

March 28, 2009 10:38 AM CET

Description

Commonly seen in pairs or mixed flocks with Ramphastos vitellinus ariel, here feeding on fruit of Euterpe edulis which ripens March-July in this location.

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What

Blue Manakin Chiroxiphia caudata

Observer

timhirsch

Date

June 21, 2009 08:10 AM CEST

Description

Males display noisily just inside forest edge throughout austral spring at this location, and respond to playback at other times.

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What

Sombre Hummingbird Aphantochroa cirrochloris

Observer

timhirsch

Date

June 14, 2009 06:57 AM CEST

Description

Very territorial visitor to feeder at this location, chasing off and attacking all other hummingbirds. Commonly seen in forest especially near stream.

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What

Squamate Antbird Myrmeciza squamosa

Observer

timhirsch

Date

July 22, 2009 08:26 AM CEST

Description

Got agitated along with another male as I played back its alarm call on our forest trail. The white rump feathers are only visible during display.

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What

Eared Pygmy-Tyrant Myiornis auricularis

Observer

timhirsch

Date

July 19, 2009 08:51 AM CEST

Description

This tiny flycatcher hops around on low branches at the forest edge. Very responsive to playing back of its call.

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What

Saffron Toucanet Pteroglossus bailloni

Observer

timhirsch

Date

June 17, 2009 02:13 PM CEST

Description

Came to perch near banana feeder. Seen commonly singly or in pairs in this location, perched for long periods in the canopy.

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Tropical Screech-Owl Megascops choliba

Observer

timhirsch

Date

July 25, 2009 06:42 AM CEST

Description

Orphan rescued after apparently being dropped by a hawk. Flew off after being fattened up with moths and a bit of steak.

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What

Maroon-bellied Parakeet Pyrrhura frontalis

Observer

timhirsch

Date

August 3, 2009 01:11 PM CEST

Description

Fairly common in this location, flying in bands of 10-15, occasionally coming to banana feeder.

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What

Brazilian Tanager Ramphocelus bresilius

Observer

timhirsch

Date

September 4, 2009

Description

Male. Seen year-round especially at forest edge and riverbanks in this location.

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What

Golden-chevroned Tanager Thraupis ornata

Observer

timhirsch

Date

September 6, 2009

Description

Common in this location in austral spring and summer.

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