Brazilian Birds

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Subject: Brazilian Birds
From: Syd Curtis <>
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2003 07:29:52 +1000
    If "affluent twitcher" is not just an oxymoron, there may be someone
subscribed to birding-aus who would find interesting an extract from a
message  posted on the American <naturerecordists> mailing list.

A person who will be going to work as a volunteer at the Cristalino Jungle
Lodge, in Brazil, sought information, and I am appending an extract from a

The cost of getting to Brazil rules it for most of us in Oz, I imagine, but
more than 520 species near the lodge buildings should have a few twitchers
drooling at the thought.  Most of the  520 would not be found in Australia,
I imagine.


The Cristalino Jungle Lodge is a treasure!  The Lodge has the largest
bird list of any single location in Brazil, more than 520 species
seen near the lodge buildings.  I'm not aware of any lodge in South
America that gives a real wilderness experience and is so close to a
city that includes regularly scheduled commercial airline service.
Civilization is starting to threaten this area, but for now it
remains wonderfully wild.  All the species (including jaguar, tapir,
big parrots and macaws, guans and more) that are first to be removed
by human habitation are still present here in good numbers. Be sure
to tell us if that enormous 8 meter anaconda is still being seen in
the river! The lodge owners, Vitoria da Riva Carvalho and her son
Edson, are working hard to preserve this region as wilderness.  For
information about Cristalino, see the website

The birding at Cristalino is well described in Ornithological
Monograph number 48 of the American Ornithologists Union: "Survey Of
a Southern Amazonian Avifauna: The Alta Floresta region, Mato Grosso,
Brazil." By: Kevin J. Zimmer, Theodore A . Parker, Parker III, Morton
L. Isler, Phyllis R. Isler

Samuel Hansson worked as a volunteer birding guide at Cristalino
Jungle Lodge in 2001.  See his report about the area at
While the owners speak English, none of the camp staff do, so you
should learn as much Brazilian Portuguese as you can before you leave
for Cristalino. You can reach Samuel by email at

Now to the question of learning the bird songs:

The Birder's Notebook is a software package designed to create
customized bird lists linked to audio and video clips.  It runs on
Windows PCs

"Land Birds of Southeast Brazil" is an application developed using
the Birder's Notebook.

If you're intent on using a browser interface, I think it would not
be difficult to create a Flash application that randomly played an
audio clip, and then waited for your keyboard input before proceeding
to the next clip.

(Get's a bit technical from there on.  If anyone wishes to get in touch with
the writer, email me privately.)

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