Sunday, June 1, 2014

Amazonia Wildlife

The Amazon Rainforest has 14,000 species of animals and 1,500 species of birds. While it's possible to see many of these on a trip to the jungle, it is very difficult to take pictures of them due to the dense trees and great camouflage which some of the jungle creatures have. Here is a selection of some of the animals we saw, cropped and a little blurry, but exciting for us nonetheless!

Highland Motmot (Motmotus motmota)

Andean Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus)

Golden-tailed sapphire (Chrysuronia oenone)

Red-throated caracara (Ibycter americanus)

Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin)
Owl butterfly

Social flycatcher (Myiozetetes similis)
Horned screamer (Anhima cornuta)
Limpkin (Aramus guarana)

Lyre-tailed nightjar (Uropsalis lyra)

Here is a complete list of the birds and animals we saw:

Dusky-green oropendola (Psarocolius atrovirens)
Blue banded toucanet (Aulacorhynchus huallagae)
Lyre-tailed nightjar (Uropsalis lyra)
Masked Trogan (Trogon personatus)
Highland Motmot (Motmotus momota)
Andean Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus)
Magpie tanager (Cissopis leverianus)
Swallow tanager (Tersina viridis)
Roadside hawk (Buteo magnirostris)
Turkey vulture (Cathartes aura)
Smooth-billed ani (Crotophaga ani)
Great potoo (Nyctibius grandis)
Dusky-headed parakeet (Aratinga weddellii)
Blue-headed parrot (Pionus menstruus)
Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin)
Yellow-tufted woodpecker (Melanerpes cruentatus)
Red-capped cardinal (Paroaria gularis)
Horned screamer (Anhima cornuta)
Limpkin (Aramus guarauna)
Snowy egret (Egretta thula)
Fasciated tiger heron (Tigrisoma fasciatum)
Speckled chachalaca (Ortalis guttata)
Blue-throated piping-guan - wild turkey (Pipile cumanensis)
Tunamou (similar to a grouse)
Yellow-rumped cacique (Cacicus cela)
Pale-eyed blackbird (endemic to lake area) (Agelasticus xanthophthalmus)
Ringed kingfisher (Megaceryle torquata)
Blush-fronted jacamar (Galbula cyanescens)
Golden-tailed sapphire (hummingbird) (Chrysuronia oenone)
Social flycatcher (Myiozetetes similis)
Red-throated caracara (Ibycter americanus)
Black-capped donacobius (Donacobius atricapilla)
Golden-crowned parrot (Amazona ochrocephala)
Black phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)

Dusky Titi monkey
Leaf-cutter ants
Fire ants
Giant ants
Stick insect

1 comment:

Kate said...

That must have been an awesome experience - love the hummingbird picture particularly!