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The Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja) is a neotropical species of eagle.  It is sometimes known as the American harpy eagle to distinguish it from the Papuan eagle, which is sometimes known as the New Guinea harpy eagle or Papuan harpy eagle.  It is the largest and most powerful raptor found in the Americas, and among the largest extant species of eagles in the world.

We were extremely fortunate to visit Alta Floresta at a time when there was a Harpy Eagle pair with a chick in the nest.  This youngster is probably more of a “teenager” now.  Only one parent was guarding the chick from a short distance away while we were below watching them.

Harpy Eagles have a large range throughout South America but they are still considered threatened due to habitat loss.  If there is one or more in the area you are visiting, all the local guides will know about it as they are one of the most sought-after birds by birders.  The pair at the Floresta Amazonica Hotel is not there every year so contact them before booking if this bird is a deal-breaker.

LEARN MORE ABOUT HARPY EAGLES

Wikipedia

Birdlife

American Bird Conservancy

PBS

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You can really appreciate the strength and power of the Harpy Eagle in this close-up.

You may not want to mess with Mama but this baby Harpy Eagle is adorable!

 

Posted in Birds | Tagged Alta Floresta, Floresta Amazonica, harpy eagle

The crimson-bellied parakeet (Pyrrhura perlata), more commonly known as the crimson-bellied conure in aviculture has a confusing taxonomic history. It was formerly known as Pyrrhura rhodogaster, but following a review it was discovered that the type specimen for P. perlata, long believed to belong to the closely related pearly parakeet, actually was a juvenile crimson-bellied parakeet. Consequently, P. perlata was transferred to this species, while P. rhodogaster became a junior synonym.

I got a few shots at Alta Floresta but for the close-up I have to use the Wikipedia shot.  They were being annoyingly camera shy!

They are found exclusively in Brazil and northern Bolivia.  The easiest place to see them in the wild is the grounds of the Floresta Amazonica Hotel in Alta Floresta.

LEARN MORE ABOUT CRIMSON-BELLIED PARAKEETS

Wikipedia

World Parrot Trust

Birdlife

Neotropical Birds

VIDEOS

This little guy almost looks like he is wearing a crimson coloured singlet!

If you are under 18, don’t click on this one!  Suffice to say, these birds weren’t shy!

 

 

Posted in Parrots | Tagged Alta Floresta, Brazilian Parrots, crimson-bellied conures, crimson-bellied parakeet, Cristalino, Floresta Amazonica

The Floresta Amazonica Hotel makes a great welcome to the Cristalino experience and I highly recommend at least a night here before or after visiting Cristalino.  We arrived by bus from Cuiaba and the hotel staff picked us up at the bus station and brought us back in time for a wonderful breakfast buffet (only included if you are staying the previous night, otherwise payable separately).  We had gotten a bit of sleep on the bus and were re-energized after breakfast to walk around the hotel grounds.  There was a rare Harpy Eagle nesting in the grounds and they said to be back by 10am to join the guide to go see them so we didn’t stray too far.

Our actual stay was after the Cristalino Lodge for only 1 night (wish it could have been more).

Hotel entrance

Gotta love a restaurant named after the beautiful Crimson-bellied Conure called Tiriba in Portuguese.

Magazines in lobby

Artwork in lobby

Time to go birding!

Grounds in front of the hotel

Rooms facing nice bird habitat

Our room was decent sized but to be honest we only slept there – too many birds to find!

In Sept it got hot in the afternoon so we swam in the lovely pool until it cooled off a bit.

Some fruit trees that attract birds

Stand by for more details of the birds we found!

Posted in Accommodation | Tagged Alta Floresta, Cristalino, Floresta Amazonica
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