Jardim Dom Bosco is another ecological park in Lago Sul of Brasilia that, like the Jardim Botanico, protects descent cerrado habitat within the city limits. It’s equally difficult to reach without private transport though, so when Aimee and I gained access to a car for the weekend, I definitely wanted to check it out. Jeremy Minn’s site notes explain that it’s good for cerrado specialities like the White-Eared and Caatinga Puffbirds, endemic Rufous-Winged Antshrike, Black-Throated Saltator, and White-Rumped Tanager. Of course, if you want a good chance to see any of them, then you should arrive here well before the early afternoon like we did on a sunny Saturday.
The site is free which makes it a popular point for swimming access to the lake. I was actually a little on edge about security as several young toughs eyed us from their bicycles, but I also noted that the guards patrolled inside the park several times (they appraised us sternly, too). The gate opens at 7:00am and should prove a good site for the puffbirds, especially with playback. Despite the hot and sunny conditions, Aimee and I had little trouble rousing several Rufous-Winged Antshrikes by pshing and imitating what I though sounded like a pygmy-owl. Although we didn’t see the striking male, the female is pretty unmistakable with bold red eyes and a heavy, hooked bill.
In addition to seeing some of the common species of the area, such as the Rufous-Fronted Thornbird and Sayaca Tanager, we also encountered a pair of Campo Suiriris and a group of Blue-Winged Parrotlets feeding on the ground in an open area. I’ve seen this parrot species before along the Napo River in the Ecuadorian Amazon, but clearly it’s something of a generalist. Clearly the Jardim is not the most extensive birding site, but it certainly appears worth an early morning visit if you’re based somewhere in the city.
Notable birds seen: Scaled Dove, Blue-Winged Parrotlet, Squirrel Cuckoo, Burrowing Owl, Rufous-Fronted Thornbird, Rufous-Winged Antshrike, Campo Suiriri, Yellow-Bellied Elaenia, Southern Beardless Tyrannulet, Sayaca Tanager, Blue-Black Grassquit, Yellow-Bellied Seedeater.