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
Ultramarine Grosbeak
Cyanocompsa brissonii
Family: Cardinalidae

Local subspecies: nominate, with range restricted to NE Brazil. RPPN Mãe-da-lua.

Synonyms: Loxia cyaneaLINNAEUS 1758;   

Ultramarine Grosbeak (Cyanocompsa brissonii)
04/10/2007; Mãe-da-lua reserve, Itapajé, Ceará, Brazil. 200 mm f2.8 lens.

Figure 1. Female, drinking at a waterhole.

It is easier to see a female of this species, than a male, and my impression is that the males hide more, and may also be less common. A reason for this could be trapping of the males, which are appreciated as cage birds, because of their beautiful song and colourful appearance.

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