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Capitão-de-saíra (Gray-hooded Attila)

Attila rufus (Vieillot, 1819)


Endemic species from Brazil, the Gray-hooded Attila, or "capitão-de-saíra" in Portuguese, is also known in this country as "tinguá-açu" and "tinguaçu-de-cabeça-cinza". This bird is found exclusively in Brazil, in the Atlantic Forest region which runs from southern Bahia to Rio Grande do Sul. It is common in middle stratum and on the top of the trees of rainforests and forests in the mountains, both inside and on the edges. Has solitary life or in pairs, being more heard than seen.


I found it alone, on the edge of the mountain forest, and only had the chance for one click. The place where this photo was take is located in the mountains, hundred meters of sea level and has large number of insects, so, as this is a kind of insectivore bird, I am sure it was looking for food.


The town of the coordinates that I gave for search, is not DUQUE DE CAXIAS, as reports the search map of this page, but PETRÓPOLIS.

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31 Comments (1–25)

Thank you, DanielePralong!!
Very happy folks!
Thanks also to Mark Ridgway, armadeus.4, Jim Nelson, Sergio Monteiro (xará?!!), Felix Fleck, triggsturner, AntónioGinjaGinja, Polilla and Michael Strydom for your support.

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom 6 years ago


Congrats on the 3rd place António,it's a beautiful picture of a beautiful bird

triggsturner 6 years ago

Congratulations on your 3rd place Antonio. Stunning little bird.

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 6 years ago


Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 6 years ago

Parabéns, xará. Uma colocação muito honrosa e merecida. Valeu.

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 6 years ago

Excellent, Antonio...well done!

armadeus.4 6 years ago

Wonderful shot. Congratulations Antonio!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Beautiful bird.. congrats.

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Congratulations Antonio, this image placed 3rd in our 2016 Best Photo contest (Bird category)!


Don't forget to join the 2017 Best Photo mission:

Thank you, Leuba Ridgway and LeanneGardner.

LeanneGardner 7 years ago

Congratulations Antonio!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Lovely spotting - gorgeous bird. Congratulations Antonio !

Thank you, Marta RubioTexeira!
I'm sure it also would be glad with your kind words.

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Very pretty bird! Congrats, Antonio! :-)

armadeus.4 7 years ago

Congratulations Antonio!!!

Thank you, Jim Nelson, AshleyT (and all PN Rangers, now, not just for nominate the picture, but for elect it), beaker98 and LuisStevens.

Your comments are very important to me.

LuisStevens 7 years ago

Congrats Antonio Carlos.

beaker98 7 years ago

Another congratulations for another fantastic photo!

AshleyT 7 years ago

Congrats Antonio, this beautiful bird has been chosen as our Rangers' Spotting of the Week!



Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 7 years ago

Perfect color and detail, Antonio!

James McNair, AntónioGinjaGinja, venusflytrap2000, CourtneyHemperly, AshleyT, to all fellows that consider this photo their favorite and also to Project Noah Rangers, for had chosen this photo, the picture of the week! Thank you everybody!

AshleyT 7 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

CourtneyHemperly 7 years ago

Very colorful!!!!

CalebSteindel 7 years ago


Duque de Caxias, RJ, Brazil

Spotted on Jul 19, 2012
Submitted on Jan 27, 2016

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