The Pantanal lies in the western part of central Brazil and encompasses about 140´000 square kilometers of savannas, forests, rivers and lagoons. It is considered the largest freshwater marsh in the world. During the rainy season from October through March this area floods and plant life explodes. Then in April as the waters recede, the birds return in vast numbers and variety. Due to the wide open areas between patches of forest, birds are easily seen. It is estimated that during the year about 650 species of birds call the Pantanal home!
In the early morning and evening visitors can enjoy the magnificent spectacle of thousands of birds flying. In the Pantanal there are many types of parrots, egrets, jays, cormorants, raptors, seriemas, plovers, sandpipers, skimmers, terns, doves, cuckoos, owls, nightjars, potoos, hummingbirds, trogons, ovenbirds, tanagers, cardinals, finches, blackbirds, orioles, spoonbills, woodpeckers, tyrants, eagles, ibis, macaws, ducks, hawks, and toucans.
The Jabiru (Jabiru mycteria) is commonly seen here and has come to be a symbol of the Pantanal. Macaws abound within this area. This is one of the last places where the largest hook bill, the endangered Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) can be seen daily.
Find here a list of birds found on Barranco Alto Farm. This list is not complete yet and still growing with every birdwatcher's visit. We only list seen birds!
(there you can download and print the list in PDF and XLS format)
Our lodge has also extensive literature available for the birders as well as a satellite Internet connection for online research ...
Some very interesting and helpful links for birdwatchers: