Birds in Jacone
These are the birds I have seen in Jacone from time to time…. (apologies to anyone whose picture I have used without attribution, they all seemed to be available for use?)
In the Garden
“Bem te vi” bird (means “ I see you well” and is what it sings) proper name = grande-kiskadi
House Sparrow – not very common – but around sometimes in threes and fours
Recent visitor: Woodpecker – Campos Flicker
Just a very quick visit to our lawn in Jacone – delightfully marked. What you cannot see from this picture is the bright orange/yellow on its rump as it flies off (same colour as its neck. (Creative Commons pic – Own work, from Sharp Photography, sharpphotography)–
House Martin – Jacone (and Niteroi) nested in the extractor fan in Jacone. Quite a lot flying around in July, seem to be nesting. January is when the young have flown the nest, so perhaps two generations in a year?
Blue tits have nested in the roof over the gateway in Jacone
Humming birds (perhaps not this variety – they have generally been bit duller than
….these or other images I have seen – quite brown) both in Jacone and Niteroi gardens although one visitor to Jacone had some fine bright green feathers around his head and chest. One of the humming birds in Niteroi was VERY tiny, hardly bigger than a butterfly.
One of the most unusual birds I have seen in Jacone garden was a very bright red bird like the one in the picture below. Trouble is I have not identified the Brazilian bird but the picture is of a Red Fody which is a native of Madagascar (the place, not the film) so it is almost certainly not one of those but it was more like this than any other picture I have seen of red birds!? The bird I saw may be a Tanager of some kind, but again I am not sure that is a Brazilian bird? Wish I had had my camera ready – it had gone before I could
? Red Tanager Canary
An equally colourful bird I have seen flying over the garden is a canary (proper name = Saffron Finch (Sicalis flaveola) which is also a tanager) which seems to be reasonably common in the wild here even though the numbers have declined a lot, having been popular with bird fanciers in Brazil (they walk around with a caged bird and occasionally assemble in small bars, presumably to compare birds or bird-songs? Quite often see one or more cycling round Jacone)
Less showy but quite friendly is the ground dove (Rolinha-roxa) which behaves like any dove or wood pigeon as it walks round but is much smaller – about the size of a blackbird (seen more often in Niteroi on the road in front of the house than in Jacone)
Ground Dove (Rolinha-Roxa)
We also have a tiny woodpecker – about the size of a sparrow it still attacks the cashew tree with verve and I am sure it must get a headache because the wood is quite hard and it is so small! Picture below by Elenilson Verissima
White-wedged piculet Viuvinha
One of the commonest birds to visit the garden is a Viuvinha (Widow bird) which acts a bit like an English wagtail….since it frequently wags its tail!
If you take a walk to the lake down along the canal you may see an occasional heron – same as the herons in England – but they speak Portuguese of course! There are lots of fish in the lake and they leap out the water a lot as you watch – the fish that is, not the herons. I have also seen a flash of a black and white kingfisher – not sure if it was a pied kingfisher but couldn’t resist this great picture of a Pied Kingfisher form the national Geographic magazine.
Heron Pied Kingfisher …
“Pied kingfisher in front of the waves… These amazing black-and-white kingfishers are distributed from South Africa to the other side of Asia. (Burkhard Schlosser)” National Geographic
From the terrace in Jacone, you can see Frigate birds drifting in the wind and they are a frequent sight when you walk on the beach….
Magnificent Frigate Bird Burrowing Owl
At or near the beach
Frigate Birds – frequently around the beaches
Burrowing Owl Saw three at the edge of the beach – fairly sure this is the right owl – white “eyebrows” distinctive and they were small birds – book says 23cm.
Little Egret – small white heron often pottering in the waves at the edge of the sand. There are also a lot of small white Cattle egrets in the fields around here.
Shag (or could have been Cormorant ) perched on branch over stream not far from the beach
Bee-eater – Seen resting on wires on Rua 13 Jacone- not sure the one I saw was this exact one but almost certainly a member of the bee-eater family – very colourful This one is the “cinnamon chested bee eater”