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
Little Blue Heron
Egretta caerulea
Family: Ardeidae

Monotypic; distributed in the Americas (Clements 2007).

Synonyms: Ardea caeruleaLINNAEUS 1758;   

Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)
24/08/2009; Acaraú, Ceará, Brazil. 300 mm f2.8 lens.

Figure 1. I have never seen the Little Blue Heron around lakes or rivers in the Caatinga, but the species seems to be quite common in the mangrove swamps of Ceará (see below).

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Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)
15/08/2009; Acaraú, Ceará, Brazil. 200 mm f2.8 lens.

Figure 2. Herons at the border of a mangrove swamp. When I made the photo, there were about 10 adult Little Blue Herons, standing at the river bank. I cannot tell whether the two white herons are young Egretta caerulea or belong to another species (E. thula?).

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