The greater rhea is the largest bird in South America and has settled in central Brazil and in various national parks, including Chapada dos Veadeiros. It is a flightless bird and prefers living in open areas in flocks of between 10 to 100 for extra protection from predators.
Found in the south of Brazil, the southern screamer earned its name from the sounds it makes to attract a partner during the mating season; loud calls from both sexes can be heard up to two miles away. One of the most interesting facts about the southern screamer is that once it finds a mate, it remains in a monogamous relationship for its lifetime, which is estimated up to 15 years.
The jandaya parakeet is a small, highly-intelligent parrot that is easy to identify by its vibrant, colorful plumage. It has green wings and tail, a deep orange body, a yellow neck and head, and a black beak. Its beauty and eagerness to mimic words and phrases have made it a popular pet. Being a social bird, it can be seen in large, chattering flocks in lowland deciduous woodlands and palm groves in the northeast of Brazil.
This gorgeous bird occupies the eastern-central and southern parts of Brazil as well as the Pantanal and the southeastern region of the Amazon basin. Despite this broad habitat, the species is classified as vulnerable due to hunting and habitat destruction reducing the total population. The bare-faced curassow has a notable crest on its head that looks like a curly mohawk and distinguishes between the sexes – the males have black crests while the females have a white crest.
The scarlet macaw is one of the most popular parrots and most recognizable thanks to its bright red, yellow and blue plumage. It favors humid, evergreen forests and can be found in several areas of Brazil, including the Buraco das Araras, a deep earth depression in Bonito.