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
Great Antshrike
Taraba major
Family: Thamnophilidae
RPPN Mãe-da-lua.
Great Antshrike (Taraba major)
28/09/2005; Fazenda Canaã, Pentecoste, Ceará, Brazil.
200 mm f2.8 lens.

Figure 1. The Great Antshrike is one of the common species of the caatinga. The bird on the photo is a female, as shown by the chestnut brown upperparts.

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Great Antshrike (Taraba major)
22/07/2008; Fazenda Canaã, Pentecoste, Ceará, Brazil. 300 mm f2.8 lens.

Figure 2. Male Taraba major, taking a bath in a waterhole in the hills of Mãe-da-lua reserve. The Great Antshrike is the only one of the 7 Antbird species in Mãe-da-lua reserve (see Thamnophilidae) that I have ever seen drinking water or taking a bath. The other species must either be accessing water under the cover of the vegetation (not impossible at this place), or get along without such a water source.

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