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This Giant Snipe, near Boa Nova National Park, was simply massive! The white belly and powerfully patterned upperparts distinguish it from other sizable snipe of South America such as Imperial, Andean, and Fuegian (none of which occur in Brazil), and Giant dwarfs the smaller, widespread South American Snipe. This individual was subspecies gigantea, the largest snipe in the world! Video by Bret Whitney, with the whole tour group right beside him!
Rhopornis ardesiacus, Slender Antbird, is the sole member of its genus. The Field Guides group on the extension to the Nowhere But Northeast Brazil tour in 2019 had lovely looks at this endangered endemic bird, found only in “mata-de-cipó” (vine forest) in Bahia and Minas Gerais states, in Brazil’s new Boa Nova National Park. Video by Bret Whitney.