Parque das Aves

After leaving Esquel, I made my way to Puerto Iguazú, stopping briefly in the cities of Bariloche and Mendoza. The Iguazu Falls straddle the Brazilian-Argentine border and are accessed by tourists from national parks on either side, each offering a different perspective.

Before seeing the falls themselves I visited the bird park (Parque das Aves) on the Brazilian side. It is home to nearly 150 different species of ‘exotic’ birds, many of which have been rescued by the park, having no longer been able to survive in the wild.

Below is a selection of some of my favourite photos from the park. I went to quite a bit of trouble to find out the names of each species of birds featured, so I could caption them correctly. Enjoy!

In the foreground, a Black-fronted Piping guan
A Bare-faced currasow (female)
Moments later, the same currasow has turned around and appears to be flirting with me.
A Green-billed toucan. I was impressed at just how close it let me approach. It seemed completely at ease with us humans.
A Scarlet ibis perched on a branch
A flock of Scarlet ibises feeding. Their bright red feathers are so striking
A Toco toucan perched on a feeding stand. The toucans are without a doubt my favourite birds in the park, sporting amazing colours and exquisitely patterned bills. Observing their proud demeanour, they may already know this…
A Blue-and-yellow macaw
A Green-winged macaw
A pair of Green-winged macaws. Perhaps they are a couple – macaws partner up for life.
In the butterfly room I saw these cocoons. I was impressed at just how well camouflaged they are, appearing almost indistinguishable from leaves hanging off a branch
A fully grown butterfly (sorry, I had to draw the line here in trying to find its correct name!)

One thought on “Parque das Aves”

  1. In a way, this is probably the best method of seeing these birds. Even with bins, you’d usually find it quite difficult to see them, let alone photograph them in a jungle or undergrowth, and they wouldn’t choose to be near humans in the wild. Birders go to extraordinary lengths to see and photograph birds under such circumstances…

    None of the fabled Hyacinth Macaws there?

    Looks as though you are still enjoying yourself.

    Much love.


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