The Rio Claro river and surrounding area

Giant Otter in the Rio Claro river
Rio Claro river

The Rio Claro river is a small stream of the Cuiabá river and also a tributary of the gigantic Paraguay river, situated in a strategically position (just half the road between Poconé - Porto Jofre). In other hand, it is the first main stream along the Transpantaneira road and the only one which remains with water even in the driest period. During the dry season is the only source of water for animals and birds.

Since 1993, Agami Heron has been recorded along streamside in the dry season, this river is also the territory of a family of the endangered Giant Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis).

The Rio Claro gallery forest is a seasonally flooded woodland along this river and support some specialties such as Blue-crowned Trogon, Mato Grosso & Band-tailed Antbirds, White-lored, Cinereous-breasted, Rusty-backed & Chotoy Spinetails, Stripe-necked Tody-Tyrant, Ashy-headed Greenlet, Helmeted Manakin, White-rumped Monjita, Grayish Saltator, Yellow-billed Cardinal, Saffron Finch and many more.

Birding by the river may produce Rufescent-Tiger, Striated & Boat-billed Heron, Green Ibis, Sungrebe, Nacunda Nighthawk, Band-tailed Nightjar, Pygmy & Green-and Rufous Kingfishers, Pale-legged Hornero, Black-backed Water-Tyrant, White-headed Marsh-Tyrant, Scarlet-headed Blackbird, Lesser Kiskadee, Black-capped Donacobius, and many others.

Night birding deserve us: Great Horned Owl, Spot-tailed & Little Nightjar, Pauraque.

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