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September 8, 2018

Birds of Tingo Maria

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Tingo Maria Birding

My hostel in Tingo Maria is just by the airport. Not much of an airport. It is over-run with grass. This morning I got up early and trudged through the streets heading out to the hills. I had a pretty good morning considering I was not expecting much.

Hoatzin
Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin)

I was hoping to these prehistoric creatures at Tarapoto. But I was lucky to come upon a tree full of them today.
“The hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin), also known as the reptile bird, skunk bird, stinkbird, or Canje pheasant, is a species of tropical bird found in swamps, riparian forests, and mangroves of the Amazon and the Orinoco basins in South America. It is notable for having chicks that have claws on two of their wing digits.” (wiki).

Dusky-green Oropendola (Psarocolius atrovirens)
Dusky-green Oropendola (Psarocolius atrovirens)

Or Russet-backed Oropendola (Psarocolius angustifrons)? I am pretty sure I am seeing green.

Speckled Chachalaca
Speckled Chachalaca (Ortalis guttata)

Another Chachalaca. Local variety.

Magpie Tanager
Magpie Tanager (Cissopis leverianus )

I thought this was a jay or a magpie when I first saw this beauty.

Black-bellied Tanager
Black-bellied Tanager (Ramphocelus melanogaster)

Is this a Black-bellied Tanager or a Silver-beaked Tanager. Some sonsider them conspecific. Too hard for me to tell the difference but the range is right for the Black-bellied Tanager.

Blue-black Grassquit
Blue-black Grassquit (Volatinia jacarina)

yellow-rumped cacique
yellow-rumped cacique (Cacicus cela)

Another decent photo. Just trying to get some decent shots of these ones.

Smooth-billed Ani
Smooth-billed Ani (Crotophaga ani)

This is a strange one because it has the lump on the bills but it has grooves but they are going the wrong way.

Striated Heron
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)

Did not expect to see a Striated Heron around here. Colour me surprised.

Birds of Tingo Maria

Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin)
Magpie Tanager (Cissopis leverianus )
Black-bellied Tanager (Ramphocelus melanogaster) or Silver-beaked Tanager ?
Dusky-green Oropendola (Psarocolius atrovirens)
Speckled Chachalaca (Ortalis guttata)
Smooth-billed Ani (Crotophaga ani)
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)
yellow-rumped cacique (Cacicus cela)
Blue-black Grassquit (Volatinia jacarina)
Scarlet Tanager ?
Blue-gray Tanager
Palm Tanager
Black-billed Thrush
blue-and-white swallow (Notiochelidon cyanoleuca)

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