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Remember the Rainforest 1

 

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Henceforth everything stirs full of life. Squirrels, flocks of social apes, come out of the woods to see the plantations, and swing on the branches, playing and whistling, or jumping from tree to tree. The woodcocks, guinea fowl and doves leave the branches and walk from side to side on the damp ground. Other birds of the rarest forms and the most brilliant plumage, fly alone or in flocks, in the fragrant thickets. Green, blue and red parrots, flocking in the tree tops, or flying

Parrot family from Emil Goeldi's Album of Amazonian Birds 1906

to the rocks or islands, fill the air with their laughter. The chestnut toucan with

Rhamphastus discolor, chstnut toucan

its thick hollow beak, on top of the most extreme branches, calls for rain with its high plaintive notes. The energetic blackbirds sneak from their nests in the form of pendant bags to search for the loaded orange trees, and their watchmen warn

them with loud shouting as a man approaches. The lone flycatcher, the stalker of insects, soars out of the trees and bushes, and catches in rapid flight the floating Menelaus or the bright, buzzing flies. Hidden in the woods, however, is the thrush, a loving sign of his joy is in living amid beautiful melodies; the talking tigers amuse themselves, deceiving the hunter into the thickness of the bushes. Here and there, the nightingale sings, and the woodpecker, while biting the bark of the trees, makes it resonate with his strong pecks. More resounding than these extraordinary voices, that ring at the tops of the tallest trees, we hear the metallic tones of the araponga, which, similar to the blacksmith's strike on the anvil, near or far, haunt the stranger. While all living beings celebrate the beauty of the day with activity and chants, the delicate hummingbirds hum, and their sumptuous

Trochilidae, hummingbirds

color rivals the splendor of diamonds, emeralds and sapphires, and the most pompous flowers. At sunset, most animals return to quiet; only the elegant corca, the elusive peccary, the frightened aguti and the broken tapir, are still grazing

there; The coatis and sarigues, the little saraes, the perfumed felines sneak from the bush behind the hunters, in the darkness of the ferns, until finally the roaring howler monkey roars and the sloth complains, as the toads and the chirping

crickets close the day with their sad shrill song; the call of the macuco, capoeira, caprimulga and the notes of the frog announce the arrival of the night. Thousands of fireflies then begin, like fireworks, to glow here and there, and the blood-sucking bats flutter like ghosts in the deep darkness of the tropical night.

 

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