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Birds of NE Brazil.
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Many species of NE Brazil are threatened by extinction. Our reserve helps to protect some of them:
Birds of NE Brazil
in Caatinga, Cerrado,
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Yellow-chinned Spinetail
Certhiaxis cinnamomeus
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Family: Furnariidae
Subfamily: Furnariinae
RPPN Mãe-da-lua.
Yellow-chinned Spinetail (Certhiaxis cinnamomea)
25/03/2006; Fazenda Canaã, Pentecoste, Ceará, Brazil. 200 mm f2.8 lens.

Figure 1. The Yellow-chinned Spinetail can be found close to reservoirs, lakes, etc. It is a common bird in the rainy season, but leaves when the water bodies dry up. The presence of Certhiaxis cinnamomeus is easily noted, because of its bright-rufous back and its rattle calls. The nests I saw were directly above the water, e.g. on a half-submerged fence or tree.

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Yellow-chinned Spinetail (Certhiaxis cinnamomea)
Recorded 05/01/2008 in Mãe-da-lua reserve, Itapajé, Ceará, Brazil. © H. Redies

Figure 2. This recording is from a pair of birds, with an individual vocalizing in the foreground (calls A) and another individual in the background (calls B). It seems that one function of this rattle call is maintainance of contact between mates.

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