SAO FRANCISCO DE PAULA
|# Excl Vagrants:||386|
|# Near Endemics:||3|
|Habitat: Lowland forest, open habitat|
ABOUT THE BIRDING
Sao Francisco de Paula is a village located in Rio Grande do Sul in southern Brazil. The prime attraction is the grounds of the Hotel Veraneio Hampel, usually referred to as Hampel Park, which offers excellent habitat for birds. There are 52 acres of gardens and forested areas, a small waterfall, level trails, and broad tracks ideal for birding. A primary target bird here is the Araucaria Tit-Spinetail, which can also be found in Aparados da Serra National Park and at the nearby Floresta Nacional de Sao Francisco de Paula. Other notable birds regularly seen on the hotel property and in the forests down the road include Brown Tinamou, Long-tufted Screech-Owl, Mottled Piculet, White-throated Woodcreeper, Olive Spinetail, Buff-browed Foliage-gleaner, Variegated Antpitta, Blue-billed Black-Tyrant, White-rimmed Warbler, and Green-chinned Euphonia.
Feeders around the hotel and in the gardens attract a variety of hummingbirds, notably Scale-throated Hermit, Black Jacobin, Plovercrest, Violet-capped Woodnymph, White-throated Hummingbird, and Amethyst Woodstar. Fruit-eating birds such as Chestnut-headed Tanager visit fruit feeders outside the hotel. A bamboo-dominated forest on the nearby escarpment is a good place to find Vinaceous-breasted Parrot, Giant Antshrike, Large-tailed Antshrike, Dusky-tailed Antbird, and Brown-breasted Bamboo-Tyrant.
LOCATION OF SITE
Sao Francisco de Paula is located about 125 miles northeast of Porto Alegre in southern Brazil. The Hotel Veraneio Hampel is located just outside town.