Campo Troupial - Icterus jamacaii
List of Birds

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in Itapajé, Ceará,
100 km from Fortaleza.

The avifauna is listed in
Birds of NE Brazil.
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Threatened species
Many species of NE Brazil are threatened by extinction. Our reserve helps to protect some of them:
Birds of NE Brazil
in Caatinga, Cerrado,
and other habitats
Striated Heron
Butorides striata
Family: Ardeidae
RPPN Mãe-da-lua.
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)
06/11/2005; Fazenda Canaã, Pentecoste, Ceará, Brazil. 200 mm f2.8 lens.

Figure 1. The Striated Heron can become very "tame" in urban parks. In Belém (Pará), for example, I have seen an individual which would not fly away even with people passing at 1-2 m distance. But in a natural environment, these birds are rather shy, and difficult to approach. I could take this photograph at close range (ca. 2 meters) only because the bird came to sit directly in front of my hide.

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Striated Heron (Butorides striata)
21/02/2006; Fazenda Canaã, Pentecoste, Ceará, Brazil. 200 mm f2.8 lens.

Figure 2. Among the natural enemies of the Striated Heron are raptors. Here are the remains of an individual which was killed by two caracaras (Caracara plancus). I watched from my hide how the caracaras attacked the heron who was fishing in the reservoir. They caught and killed it effortless, and carried part of the carcass away.

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