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
Spot-backed Puffbird
Nystalus maculatus
Family: Bucconidae
RPPN Mãe-da-lua.
Spot-backed Puffbird (Nystalus maculatus)
02/06/2005; Fazenda Canaã, Pentecoste, Ceará, Brazil.
200 mm f2.8 lens.

Figure 1. The Spot-backed Puffbird Nystalus maculatus is common in secondary arboreal Caatinga, and seems to adapt easily to habitat degradations. With its striking looks and unusual nesting habits (see below), this bird is well known to the population in the rural areas. The species has good chances for survival, since it is not edible, nor searched after as a cage bird, and not too habitat dependent.

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Spot-backed Puffbird (Nystalus maculatus)
25/01/2008; Mãe-da-lua reserve, Itapajé, Ceará, Brazil. 200 mm f2.8 lens.

Figure 2. For nesting, the Spot-backed Puffbird caves a hole (diameter of hole on photo: ca. 5 cm). At the beginning of the rainy season, one can occasionally see such a hole, freshly digged, at the margin of trails or paths on soft ground, as in the photo above.

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