SERRA DO CIPO
|# Excl Vagrants*:||114|
|# Near Endemics*:||0|
|*Based on partial or incomplete data.|
|Habitat: Rocky scrub, grass|
ABOUT THE BIRDING
Serra do Cipo National Park is visited by birders primarily to see two target species, the endemic Cipo Canastero and the endangered Hyacinth Visorbearer. The park is largely rocky terrain covered by grass and a few scrubby bushes. The canastero is found at the top of the plateau and is very uncommon. With persistence it can often be seen. The Hyacinth Visorbill is more common as it zips about on the plateau. Another specialty hummingbird found in the park and sometimes seen is the Horned Sungem, which is much more widely distributed in cerrado habitat. This species is not usually present in the austral winter. Two other target birds are Cinereous Warbling-Finch and Pale-throated Serra-Finch, both higher elevation species. Additional specialties in the park are Gray-backed Tachuri, Velvety Black-Tyrant, Cinnamon Tanager, and Yellow-billed Blue Finch.
LOCATION OF SITE
Serra do Cipo National Park is located about 45 minutes northeast of Belo Horizonte.