The birdlife in Pantanal

Jabiru or locally called Tuiuiú is the tallest flying bird in the world. It is 140 cm tall, has a wingspan of 2.6 meters (no wonder Esben had troubles getting the whole bird in the right picture, when it took of) and can weigh up to 8 kg.

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A nesting Jabiru

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The Hyacinth macaw is absolutely beautiful! With a length of about 100 cm it is longer than any other species of parrot, which makes it the largest flying parrot species in the world.

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The macaws are feeding of the brazil nuts in the native palms. Here in the Pantanal the macaws feed almost exclusively on the nuts of Acrocomia aculeata and Attalea phalerata palm trees. The macaws is an endangered species due to the cage bird trade and habitat loss.

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Another beauty, a Toro toucan, which is the largest species in the toucan family. The huge bill measures 16-23 cm, and the bill is the largest relative to the toucans body size of all birds providing 30-50% of its body surface area. Research has shown that the bill has the ability to modify blood flow and so regulate heat distribution in the bird, like a thermal radiator.


Rufescent Tiger Heron

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Okay, this American wood stork doesn’t have a pretty face, but we really like the black and white contrast on its wings

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This black vulture was everywhere. It feeds on every dead animals, so out here their function are like a garbage truck. In the left picture the vultures are feeding on a dead capybara.

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Left picture: the black vulture is drying its wings. Right picture: the lesser yellow-headed vulture, which was considered to be the same species as the greater yellow-headed vulture until they were split in 1964. So this bird is fairly new to the vulture family Cathartidae.

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Left picture: Bare-Faced Ibis. Right picture: Great Egret

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Black-Collared Hawk


A great Black Hawk feeding on a crab

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We are not sure, but the hawk in the picture might be a Savanna hawk


In the left picture you see a Southern Crested Caracara, which is classified as a falcon. This one is a young adult due to the bright yellow color on the beak, that will turn orange as it gets older (right picture).

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Buff-necked ibis also called white-throated ibis

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Cocoi heron

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The beautiful but WACKY birds, that are very different from the birds we have in Denmark – sorry didn’t look for the names

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I am pretty sure, that this is a Plumbeous Ibis


The Yellow-Billed Cardinal. The head feathers changes from light brown to red, when it reaches adulthood. A chick is being fed in the right picture, where you easily can see the difference of the head colors. 

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Check out these three pictures, is it the same bird or are they different? I think they are the same(Esben does not), but what do you think? Click on the picture to view it in full size

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Left picture: Wattled Jacana with its chick right next to it. Right picture: Ringed Kingfisher

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The Greater Rhea that can run 60km/h. Fully grown it is 134-170 cm tall and weigh 32-34 kg. Yes, it is in the same family as the ostrich, so it will lay eggs, that can be used for eating. 1 egg from the greater rhea is about 12 normal eggs.

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Here is a few of the birds that we have not been able to name, maybe you can help us?

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Two different kinds of yellow birds. Try to check out the different head colors. The Pantanal ecosystem is thought to be home to 1000 bird species, so no wonder, that we had a lot of bird pictures and had a hard time finding all the names.

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We hope you have enjoyed our bird pictures – it sure is a great challenge to take good bird pictures Camera

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