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Lear's Macaw, an endangered endemic of northeastern Brazil, was mostly a mystery to science until ornithologist Helmut Sick found breeding populations in the state of Bahia in 1978. About 1000 of these lively parrots remain in the wild, found in red sandstone cliffs that they use for roosting and nesting. They eat primarily licurí palm nuts. Photo by participant Holger Teichmann.
Endemic to eastern Brazil, Pin-tailed Manakin (here a male) is as snazzy as any member of the family Pipridae. Pin-tailed is the only member of its genus, Ilicura. Photo by participant Holger Teichmann.
Collared Crescentchest, one of five species of crescentchests, is found in savanna habitats from Bolivia to Paraguay. Once placed in a family with the tapaculos, the crescentchests were granted their own family, Melanopareiidae, about 10 years ago. Photo by participant Holger Teichmann.