Bird Ecoregion

Pantanal - Paraguay

Pantanal - Paraguay

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The Pantanal of South America is one of the most immense, pristine and biologically rich environments on the planet. Often referred to as the world’s largest freshwater wetland system, it extends through millions of hectares of Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay.

This area is an unparalleled wildlife sanctuary of spectacular beauty, an ecological paradise containing hundreds of species of birds, thousands of varieties of butterflies, myriads of brightly colored flowers, and swarms of fish of all kinds. In Alto Paraguay the periodic floodings from this complex system of wetlands cover 660,000 hectares and in a tour through the area it is normal to get in touch with its amazing wildlife: more than 91 species of mammals, 386 of birds, 37 of amphibians, 55 of reptiles and 173 of fish, including endangered species such as the Blue Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) and  the Jaguar (Panthera onca).

This ecoregion is located in the extreme northeast of the western region of Paraguay, forming a southern extension of the Pantanal Matogrossense of Brazil, with a transition with the dry Chaco and predominantly humid Chaco. It represents the Pantanal Global Ecoregion. The ecoregion is characterized by having mid-height sub-humid forests, wetlands and gallery forests periodically flooded.

This ecoregion has registered in Paraguay a total of 386 species of birds of which 2 are considered endemic to this ecoregion on a global level. Below is the list of Pantanal Matogrossense endemic birds that are found in Paraguay: Blaze-winged Parakeet and White-lored Spinetail.

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