Neotropic Cormorant at Anhembi

Urban birding: Anhembi (São Paulo – SP, Brazil)

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I’ve been to the Anhembi Convention Center in São Paulo so many times. Some of the largest trade fairs of São Paulo capital take place there. Once, wanting to get away from the noise inside the pavilion, I went out to walk and found a reflecting pool next to it. To my surprise, inhabited by many birds!

I discovered this haven of peace and tranquility during the 2014 Campus Party. This year I went back to the 10th edition of the event and found the artificial pond like always: the water remains dirty, but the birds didn’t give up living there. Altogether I counted 20 species. This time I was armed with a camera and took some pictures:


White-faced Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna viduata)

Casal de ananaís (ou pé-vermelho)

Brazilian Teal (Amazonetta brasiliensis) couple. Female on left, black beak. Male on the right, red beak.


Three Neotropic Cormorants (Phalacrocorax brasilianus), swimming in search of fish. This is the species that illustrates the cover of this post.


Great Egret (Ardea alba), fishing


Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

frango d'água

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata)

Frango d'água filhote

Young Common Gallinule


Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)


Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus), having a snack

Okay, but I said there were 20 species, right? For those who are curious, here are the links to my e-birds lists: List 1, List 2 and List 3.