LAGOA DO PEIXE NATIONAL PARK
|# Excl Vagrants:||211|
|# Near Endemics:||0|
|Habitat: Lagoons, estuaries, mudflats, beaches, restinga|
ABOUT THE BIRDING
Lagoa do Peixe National Park includes 34,500 hectares of coastal plain between the Atlantic Ocean and Lagoa dos Patos. The varied habitat includes restingas (shrubby coastal areas), flooded grasslands, salt-water lagoons, lakes, salt-water marshes, sand dunes, and mudflats. It's an important wintering area for migratory shorebirds and many specialty birds of the coastal zone. Several trails, roads, and 4-wheel-drive tracks provide access to the best birding areas.
Some of the more notable birds are Greater Rhea, sometimes present in grasslands north of the park, Spotted Nothura, Black-necked and Coscoroba Swans, Ringed Teal, Red Shoveler (winter only), Silver Teal, Speckled Teal, Rosy-billed Pochard, Black-headed Duck (winter only), White-tufted Grebe, Great Grebe, Chilean Flamingo, Plumbeous Ibis, Giant Wood-Rail, Red-gartered Coot, White-winged Coot, Curve-billed Reedhaunter, Wren-like Rushbird, Crested Doradito (rare), Austral Negrito, and Correndera Pipit.
LOCATION OF SITE
Lagoa do Peixe National Park is located along the Atlantic coast of southeastern Brazil. It's reached by driving east from Porto Alegre and then south along the coastal spit to Tavares.