“The Pantanal has the greatest concentration of fauna in the Americas…People outside of Brazil know only the Amazon” – Dr. Maria Tereza Jorge Padula, former Director of Brazil’s National Parks.
Roughly speaking there are about 9000 species of bird on planet earth. That number changes, and will continue to change, each year as ornithologists fight about the ‘lumping’, ‘splitting’ and classification of species. I’m happy to work with 9000.
Let me run some approximate figures by you…
1/3 of all bird species are found in South America.
1600 are found in the country of Brazil.
694 species of bird are found in the Pantanal and surrounding area.
– 51 of which are endemic to Brazil
– 33 of which are Near-endemic
800 species are found in the entire continent of North America.
There are over 230 species of Flycatcher in Brazil.
Alarmingly, however, is that only about 1,5 % of the Pantanal falls under government protection. The rest of the land is under private ownership. Hence, you can begin to see the reason that farms like Caiman Ecological Refuge play such a crucial role in conserving the Pantanal: protecting the habitats and maintaining the ecosystem.
Below are a selection of pictures I have managed to capture showing just some of the birds that call Caiman Ecological Refuge home. I’m sure that there will be plenty more to come…this is after all a bird watchers paradise!
Written and photographed by Adam Bannister