Serra dos Órgãos National Park, Brazil
Serra dos Orgaos
by Juan Pablo Culasso
Serra dos Órgãos (Organ Range) is a mountainous region in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
It is a landscape rising from lowland grasslands and rainforests, to highlands with native forest, numerous freshwater springs, and all crowned by massive granitic outcrops.
This album features two recordings, made simultaneously - two dawn chorus of the same day; one of them in highland rainforest and the other in the lowlands.
The differences are many. In the highland rainforest, the landscape is introduced with the flapping of Rusty-margined Guan, together with a delicate chorus of insects. Later several species appear, the most prominent being the White-necked Thrush, along with the Red-eyed Vireo, Olivaceous Woodcreeper, Greyish Mourner and many others.
In lowland rainforest, gentle raindrops mix with a chorus of crickets and the great voice of the Black-banded Owl. Then appears the rhythmic calls of a Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, with the forest's echoes making these voices even more interesting. Doves and Gaun join in, and eventually a couple of Rufous-capped Motmot give a wonderful climax to the album.
"The Atlantic rainforest is again the star of this recording. This tropical region has given me many surprises, like the nice variety of voices over a short space of time. This recording shows the great diversity of this biome, which is so threatened by logging elsewhere.
"Hope you enjoy listening to the album as I recorded it."
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