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GARUVA AREA

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# Species*:97
# Excl Vagrants*:97
# Endemics*:16
# Near Endemics*:2
*Based on partial or incomplete data.
Habitat: Forest remnants, wetlands, open country

ABOUT THE BIRDING

Several marshes and forest patches south of Curitiba toward Garuva provide habitat for some key target birds. Birding this road is a nice transition day when traveling between Curitiba and Volta Velha Reserve. In the southern suburb of Sao Jose dos Pinhais is the Fazenda Sao Pedro, best place to see the endangered Wetland Tapaculo. It's best to make advance arrangements with the owners or you may not gain access to their private property. Other birds in the grassland on the fazenda include Sickle-winged Nightjar, Sharp-tailed Tyrant, Long-tailed Reed-Finch, and Lesser Grass-Finch.

A marsh 15.5 km south toward Garuva from the bus station in Curitiba is a good place to look for Parana Antwren and Restinga Tyrannulet. A second marsh at km 17 is also a good place for Parana Antwren as well as Spotted Bamboowren and Three-striped Flycatcher. Trees around the marsh are good for a variety of forest birds. At km 31.6 the road loops left through some forest where it's possible to find the rare and endangered Kaempfer's Tody-Tyrant. Other birds found in the area include Sombre Hummingbird, Crescent-chested Puffbird, Spot-backed Antshrike, Sao Paulo Tyrannulet, and Yellow-lored Tody-flycatcher.

LOCATION OF SITE

The village of Garuva is located on the border of Santa Catalina and Rio Grande do Sul states about 50 km south of Curitiba. It's reached by driving south on BR376 from Curitiba.

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