Ibirapuera Park in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Birds of Ibirapuera Park

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Ibirapuera Park is the pride of São Paulo residents. With about 1.6 million square meters, it is one of the largest urban parks in the city of São Paulo. And it’s a great alternative to go birding! On weekends it can be a bit difficult since early morning the park is crowded with walkers, joggers, cyclists and skaters, but along the week it is possible to enjoy the birds with more tranquility.

I visit the park frequently, either because of the events, either to see an exhibition. The last outing was in August, and it yielded a lot of pictures! The day would have been perfect if not for a watchman who, although very polite, warned us that in theory we could not shoot in the park without authorization … It was a splash of cold water. But, I thought the rule absurd, and decided to post the pictures anyway.

Over 100 species of birds have been recorded in Ibirapuera. The wildlife division of the municipality even launched a guide of the birds that occur in the park, but I never got a copy. Finally, below is a list of birds that I have already registered there, with photos taken at the site (click on them to enlarge). I’ll be updating the list as I observe new species!

LIST OF BIRDS OF IBIRAPUERA PARK (last updated: 09/09/13)

Family Anatidae

  • Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata), native species from Brazil, but the specimens found in Ibirapuera Park are domesticated
  • White Chinese Goose (Anser cygnoides), exotic ornamental species
Chinese Goose

White Chinese Goose (Anser cygnoides)

  • Mallard (Anas platyrynchos), exotic ornamental species
Casal de Mallard

Couple of Mallards (Anas platyrynchos). Female is brown, male is colorful.

  • Black Swan (Cygnus atratus), exotic ornamental species
cisne negro

Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)

Family Podicipedidae

  • Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Podilymbus podyceps

Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)

Family Phalacrocoracidae

  • Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus)

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus)

Family Ardeidae

  • Cocoi Heron (Ardea cocoi)
Garça moura

Cocoi Heron (Ardea cocoi)

  • Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Garça branca grande

Great Egret (Ardea alba)

garça branca pequena

Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)

Family Cathartidae

  • Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)

Family Falconidae

  • Southern Caracara (Caracara plancus)

Family Rallidae

  • Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata)
Frango d'água comum

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata)

Family Charadriidae

  • Southern Lapwing (Vanellus chilensis)

Family Columbidae

  • Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), exotic species
  • Eared Dove (Zenaida auriculata)
Pomba de bando

Eared Dove (Zenaida auriculata)

Family Psittacidae

  • Plain Parakeet (Brotogeris tirica)

Family Trochilidae

  • Swallow-tailed Hummingbird (Eupetomena macroura)

Family Furnariidae


Rufous Hornero (Furnarius rufus)

Family Tyrannidae

Bem te vi

Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus)

  • Cattle Tyrant (Machetornis rixosa)
  • Social Flycatcher (Myiozetetes similis)
  • Masked Water-tyrant (Fluvicola nengeta)
Lavadeira mascarada

Masked Water-tyrant (Fluvicola nengeta)

Family Vireonidae

  • Rufous-browed Peppershrike (Cyclarhis gujanensis)

Family Hirundinidae

  • Blue-and-white Swallow (Pygochelidon cyanoleuca)

Family Troglodytidae

  • Southern House Wren (Troglodytes musculus)

Family Turdidae

  • Rufous-bellied Thrush (Turdus rufiventris)

Rufous-bellied Thrush (Turdus rufiventris)

  • Pale-breasted Thrush (Turdus leucomelas)

Family Mimidae

  • Chalk-browed Mockingbird (Mimus saturninus)
sabia do campo

Chalk-browed Mockingbird (Mimus saturninus)

Family Coerebidae

  • Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola)

Family Thraupidae

  • Sayaca Tanager (Tangara sayaca)

Sayaca Tanager (Tangara sayaca)

Family Emberizidae

  • Rufous-collared Sparrow (Zonotrichia capensis)

Family Icteridae

  • Shiny Cowbird (Molothrus bonariensis)

Family Passeridae

  • House Sparrow (Passer domesticus), exotic species