Other Birds

Other birds of interest include:

  • Blood-coloured Woodpecker
    One of the most remarkable and distinctive varieties of the veniliornis group of birds, the Blood-coloured Woodpecker is also one that is least seen amongst the woodpecker species. To spot them, one has to traverse the coastal lowlands along the Atlantic Ocean. These are specifically found in South American coastal plains, where a variety of wooded habitats, including mangroves and plantations make the safest homes for them. The Blood-coloured Woodpeckers confine themselves to flying low over the ground and are not too vocal. They remain single or travel in pairs, keeping nesting duties equal for both genders. With their deep red upper bodies and contrasting dark and pale-barred underparts (especially males), the birds add a fantastic touch of colour to green shaded forests.
  • Bearded Tachur
    The near threatened species, has a reasonable distribution across eastern South America, including Guyana. Most of it can be found in the savannahs of the Guianan Shield. The decline in population is the result of conversion of native grasslands to agriculture. The males have a black head, with a white stripe in front of the eye, rufous underparts, and largely brown upperparts. Females don’t adorn the black feathering on the head, but do have a pale supercilium.
  • Crested Doradito
    The Crested Doradito is counted amongst the brightest of flycatchers with a dotted distribution across a large part of South America.  This olive and yellow bird dons a black eye mask, dusky wings with two grayish wingbars, and a short crest.  It is distributed in dense marsh and marsh edge habitat filled with water. Birdwatchers are often able to  spot these through their high, squeaky, four-part series call.
  • Olive-sided Flycatcher
    If you hear the faint pip-pip of this big-headed flycatcher from atop the highest dead branch of a tree, consider yourself lucky. The Olive-sided Flycatcher is a long-distance migrant that breeds mostly in northern coniferous forest and winters in the tropics. Over the years, the bird has become very rare to spot. Lucky birders have caught a glimpse of it in the tropical forests of Guyana, making it a go-to destination for serious avian enthusiasts that want to see the Olive-sided Flycatcher. From their high exposed perch in forest openings, natural meadows, wetlands, canyons and rivers, the birds look out for flying insects for nutrition.
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