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Wildlife in Brazil

Brazil is home to an incredibly diverse array of wildlife, owing to its vast and varied ecosystems that include the Amazon rainforest, the Pantanal wetlands, the Atlantic Forest, and the Cerrado savanna. Here are some iconic examples of Brazilian wildlife:

  1. Jaguar (Onça-pintada): The largest big cat in the Americas, the jaguar roams the Amazon rainforest and other dense habitats in Brazil, preying on a variety of animals including capybaras and caimans.

  2. Harpy Eagle (Harpia): One of the largest and most powerful eagles in the world, the harpy eagle inhabits the canopy of the Amazon rainforest, preying on monkeys and sloths.

  3. Giant Otter (Ariranha): Found in rivers and lakes across the Amazon Basin, the giant otter is the largest otter species and lives in social family groups, feeding primarily on fish.

  4. Amazon River Dolphin (Boto): Known for its pink coloration, the Amazon river dolphin inhabits the freshwater rivers of the Amazon Basin and is considered a symbol of the region.

  5. Sloth (Preguiça): Both two-toed and three-toed sloths are found in Brazil's rainforests, where they spend most of their lives hanging upside down from trees, feeding on leaves and fruits.

  6. Hyacinth Macaw (Arara-azul): The largest macaw species, the hyacinth macaw is found in the Pantanal wetlands and other parts of Brazil, feeding on palm nuts and other fruits.

  7. Capybara (Capivara): The world's largest rodent, the capybara is a common sight in Brazil's wetlands and riversides, where it grazes on aquatic vegetation.

  8. Anteater (Tamanduá): Brazil is home to both the giant anteater and the lesser anteater (tamandua), which feed on ants and termites using their long tongues.

  9. Golden Lion Tamarin (Mico-leão-dourado): Endemic to the Atlantic Forest of Brazil, the golden lion tamarin is a small monkey with a striking mane of golden fur.

  10. Green Anaconda (Sucuri): One of the largest snake species in the world, the green anaconda inhabits the rivers and swamps of the Amazon Basin, feeding on fish, birds, and mammals.

  11. Toco Toucan (Tucano): Known for its large, colorful bill, the toco toucan is found in the Amazon rainforest and other forested areas of Brazil, feeding on fruits and small animals.

  12. Red-and-green Macaw (Arara-vermelha): A large and colorful parrot species, the red-and-green macaw is found in the Amazon rainforest and other parts of Brazil, often seen in pairs or small flocks.

What animals did we miss? Have you seen any of these listed? Please let us know in the comments 🙂 

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