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A Slideshow of our Birds in Brasil

Monday, June 2, 2008

"I See You"

This "I See You" is in our Jabuticaba tree in our back yard.

He has a drink of water many times each day.

He is very much aware of me and the camera all the time.

Sometimes he just sits and watches me. He is puffed up because he eats the dog food on our verandah . But his favourite foods are the nuts in the Restaurant Tree and the Jabuticaba Berries.The "I See You" or "Great Kiskadee" (Bem-te-vi in Portuguese) is one of the most beautiful and attractive birds in South America. The popular name "Bem-te-vi" comes from the three notes in its singing that sound like "I've Seen You" .

To the "Tupi" (native Indian tribe) it sounded like "Nei-Nei"; to the "Guarani" (another Indian tribe) it sounded like "Pitangua".

Here is one in a tree in front of our house.

Here is another on the power lines.

We call this the Restaurant Tree because so many different birds feed there all day. They all love these nuts. The I See You come in early morning frm about 5:00 to 8:00, and again in late afternoon, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30. There are many there and they make a loud racket. They seem to be having a great party every day.

This couple visit our Jabuticaba trees in the back yard. They are there every day

This is a small one, probably quite young.

They are very distinctive with their yellow breast and black mask.

Sometimes they are difficult to see even when out in the open like on this roof.

Every morning I am wakened by the I See You's singing. Our bedroom window looks out on the Jabuticaba trees and several I See You's greet the sunrise every morning. Their voices are quite loud so we do not need alarm clocks.

They truly are very beautiful.

Photos by Urso Branco


  1. Very nice blog having beautiful information about Brazil.

    Appreciation for writing about the birds and animals, beauty of the environment.

    Keep the world green and preserve the nature.

  2. Hi,

    The blog is very nice provide large amount of information about Brazil and also provide information about the animals and birds of Brazil.

  3. The blog is very beautiful and provide information about the beautiful birds of Brazil thanks sharing with us.

  4. Hi,

    I think it is the beautiful area of Brazil where such beautiful birds are find.

  5. Hello,
    I was in Cordeiropolis, Brasil this past June. I fell in love with the Bem te vi! There were in the backyard where I was staying and would drink out of the pool. For me they bring back many wonderful memories of my trips to Brasil. My daughter is also a vet but we do not see many exotic birds except for pet parrots. Thank you for sharing your bird pictures.

  6. What a wonderful character the bird is! I bet he gives lots of joy to you! Well done on the blog!

  7. Hi!
    you must a loving and caring person yourself. Nice bird blog you have here my friend. See you around.