DixPix Photographs

     

WESTERN AMAZON

 
     
  BIRDS, VARIED  

 

To keep pages to a manageable size, the Amazon bird photos have been divided into three groups.  This page treats those that remain after the waterbirds, the parrots and the "perchbirds" of the Passeriformes Order have been placed elsewhere.

 

The Harpy Eagle is a large and strong canopy hunter in the lowland rain forests of the Neotropics, capable of flying off with monkeys, sloths, etc.   Harpia harpyja is known in Spanish as Aquila Harpia, and in Brazil as Gaviao-real.  It is now rare through most of its range, photo from the Harpy Eagle Information Center in Panama. Click to see big picture (577x600 pixels; 117 KB)
Geranoaetus melanoleucas is another hunter, native to the Cordillera and southern Amazon.  It is known as the Black-chested Buzzard Eagle, and one of only three species called Aguila (eagle) by local populations.   Buenos Aires Zoo. Click to see big picture (598x600 pixels; 151 KB)
The Tyrant (or Black) Hawk-eagle (Spizaetus tyrannus) hunts the forests from Mexico to northern Argentina.  This one, however, spends its days at the Guira Oga Wildlfe Rescue center in Iguazu, northeastern Argentina.
A Black and White Hawk-eagle, again at Guira Oga.  Known locally as Aguila Viuda, Spizaetus melanoleucas has been reported from scattered areas in the Neotropics.
Near the Argentina-Brazil border northeast of the town of Iguazu, a Grey-lined Hawk (Buteo nitidus) surveys its realm from a high snag.  This species seems to hunt the lowlands throughout the Neotropics, from Costa Rica south.  It has been formally separated from the Mexican Grey Hawk.
This Gavilan Pollero turned its head, just as I took the photo above the town of Nariño on the Colombian Amazon River.  Rupornis magnirostris in latin. Click to see big picture (565x600 pixels; 111 KB)
Returning yet again to the wildlife rescue center in Iguazu, meet the Collared Forest FalconMicrastur semitorquatus hunts small game in the tropics from Mexico to here in Argentina.
And from a high perch in the forest northeast of Iguazu, Argentina, Ictinia plumbea, the Plumbeous Kite keeps watch on its terrain.  This seems to be a widespread species in the neotropics where it goes by names such as Milano Plomizo.  Its red-brown wing tips can just be seen.
Despite its size, the diet of the Red-throated Caracara (Ibycter americanus) is comprised of bees and wasps.  It ranges through much of the Neotropics. Click to see big picture (720x590 pixels; 102 KB)
A sleepy Tawny-belly Screech Owl, caught in a spotting scope on the Sacha Lodge Reserve in Ecuador.  Under names such as Autillo orejudo, Megascops watsonii is native to much of tropical South America. Click to see big picture (566x600 pixels; 95 KB)
A yellow-headed Vulture (Cathartes burrovianus) surveys a sector of the Sacha Lodge Reserve in the Napo Valley of Ecuador.  Widespread in the tropical Americas. Click to see big picture (571x600 pixels; 144 KB)
A King Vulture at the London Zoo.  Large and native to most of the Neotropics, Sarcoramphus papa is nevertheless rare.  Local names such as Condor (or Jote) Real and Zopilote Rey all refer to its royal status. Click to see big picture (396x600 pixels; 109 KB)
Ramphastos toco is generally known as the  Toco Toucan.  It is native to the southern sectors of the Amazon basin, but is more often encountered in zoos, in this case the one in Buenos Aires. Click to see big picture (689x600 pixels; 101 KB)
And here are a pair at the Guira Ogo wildlife rescue center in Iguazu, Argentina.  This is the largest species of toucan, but also the most common.
Ramphastos vitellinus is at home in most of Tropical Americas.  Its English name is Channel-billed Toucan, and the Spanish is a simple translation, Tucan de Pico Acanalado.  This one appeared tame near Pucallpa, Peru. Click to see big picture (720x500 pixels; 74 KB)
An Ivory-billed Aracari on the Sacha Lodge Reserve in eastern Ecuador. Pteriglossus aracari is native to the western Amazon basin. Click to see big picture (695x600 pixels; 224 KB)
A Chestnut-eared Aracari pauses near the Argentina-Brazil boder northeast of the town of Iguazu, where it is better known as Arasari FajadoPteroglossus castanotis may be found from here in northeastern Argentina to Ecuador.
An unfortunate branch blocked out the eye of this Many-banded Aracari (Pteroglossus pluricinctus) on the same reserve.  This is a species found in northwestern South America. Click to see big picture (608x600 pixels; 118 KB)
Crimson-crested Woodpeckers (Campephilus melanoleucos) drill for insects though much of tropical South America, mainly to east of the Cordillera.  These are in eastern Ecuador, where they are known as Carpintero Crestirrojo.  The male is on the left. Click to see big picture (614x500 pixels; 78 KB)
Yellow-fronted Woodpeckers work dead trees in southeastern Brazil, Paraguay and here in northeastern Argentina.  Melanerpes flavifrons is known here as the Carpintero Arcoiris (rainbow woodpecker).
A Greater Ani (Crotophaga major) at the Sacha Lodge Reserve.  This bird ranges from Panama to Paraguay.  In Spanish, anis are known as Garrapatero-- suggesting that they hunt ticks. Click to see big picture (602x600 pixels; 144 KB)
A Garrapatero piquiliso or Smooth-billed Ani (Crotophaga ani) on a dock at Lago Pilchicocha in eastern Ecuador. It will never win a beauty contest, but it ranges all the way from Florida to Uruguay. Click to see big picture (720x574 pixels; 108 KB)
A Smooth-billed Ani looks over a pond near the Argentine-Brazil border northeast of the town of Iguazu.  This dawn photo emphasizes the primitive nature of the species.
Monasa nigrifrons, the Black-fronted Nunbird may be found through most of the Amazon Basin.  The Spanish call it Monja Unicolor, which like the English, emphases its black habit.  In Brazil they focus on the bright beak and call it  Bico de Brasa. Click to see big picture (640x556 pixels; 81 KB)
Baryphthengus martii is known as the Rufous Motmot.  It is native from Nicaragua to eastern Bolivia, including the western Amazon basin. This one, however, is sounding off in the Sarapiqui Valley of Costa Rica.  In the Amazon it is known as Momoto rufo. Click to see big picture (486x600 pixels; 133 KB)
A Broad-tailed Motmot shows off its tail flags near the Puerto Viejo River, Costa Rica.  Although Electron Platyrhynchum is in a different genus to its rufous namesake, it has much the same range. Click to see big picture (416x600 pixels; 106 KB)
Loud and common, the Southern Lapwing (Vanellus chilensis) adapts well to human settlement.  Found through the Americas south of Mexico, it is invading the Amazon region from the south as forest destruction progresses and open fields appear.  Here it is braving the crowds as Iguazu Park in northeastern Argentina. Click to see big picture (720x508 pixels; 211 KB)
Known as the Spotted Nothura or Inambu Comun, the shy Nothura Maculosa is native to southeastern Brazil and parts of Argentina.  This one is resident in the Guira Oga wildlife rescue center of northeasternmost Argentina.
The Pale-vented Pigeon (Patagioenas cayannensis) appears through most parts of the Neotropics at lower elevations.  Here in Ecuador, it is known as Paloma ventripalida, a simple translation. Click to see big picture (596x600 pixels; 70 KB)
Leptotila verreauxi, the White-tipped Dove, ranges from the southern U.S. to Uruguay.  It is reported from scattered sectors of the Amazon Basin. Click to see big picture (720x420 pixels; 77 KB)
Grallaria hypoleuca is the retiring White-bellied Antpitta.  It lives on the forest floor in the andean foothills on the western rim of the Amazon basin in Ecuador and Colombia.  Photo from the Wildsumaco Reserve, Ecuador.
Known as the Golden-tailed Sapphire, Chrysuronia oenone is a hummingbird of the foothills of the South America Andes, and western parts of the Amazon Basin.  It is here feeding at the Wildsumaco Lodge in Ecuador, where it is known as Zafiro Colidorado.  The male is on the right. Click to see big picture (720x577 pixels; 119 KB)
Another hummingbird which has adapted to the Amazonian forests is the Straight-billed Hermit (Phaethornis bourcieri).  It is one of the drabbest of the hermits, but common in northern South America.  This one is perched in the Sasha Lodge Reserve in eastern Ecuador. Click to see big picture (537x600 pixels; 89 KB)