Araripe Manakin(PID:6531237535) Source
posted by Ashok Khosla alias amkhosla on Sunday 18th of December 2011 02:18:56 PM
Larger View It's Sunday - the day I celebrate each week to give thanks - and this bird is definitely one I'm thankful for seeing! This bird, along with the Lear's Macaw, were the two major target birds for the trip. Both are critically endangered. Imagine that you are a young Brazilian student named Webber Silva - you're in your early twenties, you're studying to be an ornithologist, but like most twenty year old men, your real interest is girls. Webber heard that his "bird" was out with an ornithologist professor in Araripe, Ceara - a part of Brazil where people climb a mountain to visit the famous cerrado (scrubby savana) habitat. So Webber calls up the ornithologist and says "Hi, I'll be in the area, I'm a young student, can we bird together?". The senior ornithologist agrees, and Webber shows up. But the professor says - let's bird around here, in Araripe, not up at the top of the cerrado where everyone else birds. So Webber goes with the professor to a forest known as Nascente do Farias, and after a while Webber looks up 50 feet into a large tree and sees a bird he's never seen before. It's Christmas of 1996. The Araripe Manakin is discovered. Fast forward to today - Webber is now married to the young lady and is the director of the institute designated with saving the manakin's habitat. The manakins now number over 800 individuals. We saw a nest with two chicks, so that's a good sign. The manakin remains "Critically endangered" however.
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