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Minas Gerais

Swallow-tailed Hummingbird
Swallow-tailed Hummingbird Campylopterus macrourus ©Lee Dingain Website

Minas Gerais is a state in the South East of Brazil.

Below are some of its top attractions and websites to the reserves and many places to stay where birding is an option. We welcome a proper introduction to this page from someone who knows the area well.

Top Sites

Itacarambi

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Brazilian Black-tyrant Knipolegus franciscanus and Snethlage's Woodcreeper Xiphocolaptes franciscanus have been found in dry forest at Fazenda Olhos d'Água, near Itacarambi, owned by Sr. José de Paula, one of the owners of the tomato extract plant on the right, just before Itacarambi. José de Paula sold most of the fazenda and retained a small part and the name Fazenda Olhos d'Água. The part with forest is now called Fazenda Nossa Senhora Aparecida and is owned by Sr. José Roberto. Coming from Januária, the entrance is on the left, 1km after a sign saying Itacarambi 5km. Open dry forest with very little understorey and not many birds. We had Yellow-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus and Snethlage's Woodcreeper, but not Brazilian Black-tyrant.

Mocambinho

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Take the road from Itacarambi to Manga and +/- 3km from Itacarambi turn right, signposted Porto da Balsa para Mocambinho. The road after the ferry is through degraded caatinga with plenty of birds, including White-browed Guan Penelope jacucaca, Bahian Nighthawk Chordeiles vieilliardi (beside the river at dusk) and Lesser Wagtail-tyrant Stigmatura napensis. 7.8km from the ferry there is a bridge on the left over the main irrigation canal, leading to the town of Mocambinho. Continue along the right side of the main canal and at the third sluice / concrete block, 1.4km after bridge, turn right and follow the small branch canal. After 4.1km cross the canal and continue along the right bank. After a further 0.6km you reach the forest. Turn left and after 0.8km there is a trail through the forest, with a longwinded No Entry sign (White-browed Antpitta Hylopezus ochroleucus, Great Xenops Megaxenops parnaguae, Ash-throated Casiornis Casiornis fusca and San Francisco Sparrow Arremon franciscanus).

Parque Estadual Serra do Rola Moca

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Three-toed Jacamar Jacamaralcyon tridactyla can be seen easily in the Parque Estadual Fernão Dias. Coming from Belo Horizonte, turn right off the Rodovia Fernão Dias (the main road from BH to São Paulo) in Contagem (15km from BH); immediately before the Carrefour hypermarket. Follow the road up and then down hill, with several curves. About 500m, after a Shell station on the left, bear left at a roundabout, towards some eucalyptus trees. The park entrance is immediately behind the PUC-MG building. Inside the park entrance, take the road to the right to a children's playground and then follow the road to the left down the hill and then, almost immediately, take a steep path to right. The birds are in trees above the earth bank in a gully, to the right.

Parque Nacional Cavernas do Peruaçu - Itacarambi

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About 40km from Januária, on the road to Itacarambi, turn left to Fabião I and continue up a very rough dirt road through a valley. At first there is excellent semi-deciduous forest with Snethlage's Woodcreeper Xiphocolaptes franciscanus, Ash-throated Casiornis Casiornis fusca, Reiser's Tyrannulet Phyllomyias reiseri and then, on emerging from the valley, good caatinga. On the path to right, just where the forest changes to caatinga, we had Great Xenops Megaxenops parnaguae and San Francisco Sparrow Arremon franciscanus, with the other more common caatinga species.

Parque Nacional da Serra da Canastra

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Be aware that the only way from the upper to the lower part of the park is through São Roque de Minas. There is no trail from the top to the bottom of the Casca d'Anta waterfall. On my first visit in October 1998 we heard the Brazilian Mergansers Mergus octosetaceus quacking when we walked down to the river for the first time at the place marked A on Forrester's map. We saw another an hour later at the foot of the waterfall. Most people are not so lucky but do seem to have seen them recently in the lower section of the Rio São Francisco. The Brasilia Tapaculo Scytalopus novacapitalis is a cinch if you have a tape. One appeared within seconds when we played back at Forrester's G and we heard it often in clumps of vegetation in the upper park. Ochre-breasted Pipit Anthus nattereri is readily found in the upper park. Juan Mazar Barnett wonders whether Hellmayr's Pipit Anthus hellmayri is present at all, people unfamiliar with the songs of the two species perhaps having confused the rare Ochre-breasted Pipit with this more common species.

An updated and annotated version of Forrester's list has been published by Luís Fábio Silveira in Cotinga 10.

Parque Nacional da Serra do Cipó

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4km after Hotel Chapeu do Sol there is a green sign on the right (Olhe, Admire e Preserve. Não Destrua). Follow the trail up the hill and look for the Cipó Canastero Asthenes luizae among rocks on the plateau. Hyacinth Visorbearer Augastes scutatus and pale-throated Serra-finch Embernagra longicauda are common here and we had Stripe-tailed Yellow-finch Sicalis citrina beside the road.

Pirapora

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Minas Gerais Tyrannulet Phylloscartes roquettei can be seen between Pirapora and Várzea da Palma. Just after the Km 11 sign, turn left onto a dirt road that leads to a sand dredger (draga) at Rio das Velhas. After 5km road the road crosses a small stream (Córrego dos Ovos). Look for the tyrannulet in the canopy of trees near the bridge and Chestnut-capped Foliage-gleaner Hylocryptus rectirostris in the understorey. Continuing along the same road, there is a farm yard. Fork left after the farm to some wetland. Fork right to get to the river, where at dusk there are many Bahian Nighthawks Chordeiles vieilliardi.

Serra do Caraça

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The Caraça mountain ridge is a reservation located in the southern area of the Espinhaço mountain range, in the state of Minas Gerais. Fauna and flora are very diversified. Higher altitudes and fields with rocky outcrops display species endemic to the Espinhaço mountain range, such as Hyacinth Visorbearer, Gray-backed Tachuri & Pale-throated Serra-Finch. Within the forest, many typical Atlantic rain forest bird species can be observed, such as the Crescent-chested Puffbird, Serra Antbird, Swallow-tailed Cotinga, Cinnamon-vented Piha, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow and Brassy-breasted Tanager.

Contributor

Jeremy Minns

São Paulo

jeremyminns@uol.com.br

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 868

As at November 2016

Useful Reading

Books, CDs, DVDs etc.

See the main Brazil page for guides etc. covering the whole country…

Trip Reports

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CloudBirders

Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2007 [10 October] - Nick Athanas

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Ask me what comes first to mind when I hear the world “Brazil”, and I might mention the great birds, nice Brazilian hospitality, the Churrascurias, Caipirinhas, futebol, beaches covered with sun-loving locals, the beautiful landmarks of Rio, and the like…

2008 [10 October] - Nick Athanas

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This is the fifth time I’ve done this itinerary and again it was a fun and very productive trip. It’s a fast-paced tour that covers a lot of ground, but that gives the chance to sample a great variety of habitats and go for lots of those very localized endemics that Brazil is so famous for…

2009 [October] - Nick Athanas

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Normally shy birds showed well, most notably the antbirds, of which we saw (well!) 33 of the 34 species possible on the itinerary. We came to expect surprises after a series of unexpected "write-ins" bolstered the list…

2011 [December] - Derek Kverno - Serra das Araras

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Following in the footsteps of many birders before us, Aimee and I made the pilgrimage to Serra das Araras to see the famous nesting site of the Harpy Eagle. This well-known eyrie has produced magnificent Harpy Eagle observations, and photographs, for several decades, although it’s still far from being a popular tourist attraction…

2014 [11 November] - Andrew Whitaker

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...This exciting tour regularly produces an impressive tally of Brazil’s rarest and most spectacular birds including the likes of Brazilian Merganser, while birding in several scenically spectacular and distinctly different biomes that are loaded with exciting birds and neat mammals. We finished with 286 species, of which 75 were regional or Brazilian endemics! Really, life does not get much better...

Places to Stay

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Áustria II Hotel - Monte Verde

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Nice pictures - short on info

Fazenda Hotel Itapuá - Monte Verde

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Existem pelo menos três boas razões para se hospedar na Fazenda Hotel Itapuá. A primeira é que ela está em Monte Verde, uma vila colocada entre as montanhas mais lindas do Brasil. A segunda é a fazenda completa, com lagos, vacas, cavalos e o dia-a-dia maravilhoso que uma verdadeira fazenda oferece. A terceira razão é o hotel impecável que funciona dentro desta fazenda. Fazer uma reserva na Fazenda Hotel Itapuá é garantir dias de paz, muita saúde, segurança e conforto.

Green Mountains Hotel - Monte Verde

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Basic contact details.

Pousada Barcelos - São Roque de Minas

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Serra da Canastra - Minas Gerais - Brazil. We`ll have a website in English as soon as possible. We can also provide the transportation, food, snacks, guides and everything else you may need.

Pousada das Montanhas - Monte Verde

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A Pousada das Montanhas fica situada num dos mais belos trechos da Serra da Mantiqueira, em Monte Verde, Minas, a 180 km de São Paulo. A Pousada fica num parque de 10 mil m2, com corredeira, ducha, lago e piscina natural…

Pousada das Pedras - Monte Verde

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Em uma altitude de 1750 metros cercada de muitas montanhas, revestidas de verdes pinheirais, onde se descortina um lindo panorama. Seus chalés estão cercados de jardins sempre floridos. Somente 5 minutos nos separa do centrinho comercial, percorrido por estrada em processo de asfaltamento, o que significa sem poeira e sem barro.

Pousada dos Lobos - Itamonte

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Nas Terras Altas da Mantiqueira, escondida em um vale a quase 2000 metros de altitude, existe um lugar mágico, onde a harmonia do homem com a natureza é perfeita. Onde se escuta o silêncio. Onde os ventos que percorrem as florestas, os campos de altitude, cachoeiras, trilhas, vem nos trazer mensagens de paz energia. Este lugar chama-se POUSADA DOS LOBOS. Itamonte/Minas Gerais/ Brasil.

Pousada Ribas - Monte Verde

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Venha conhecer a mais nova pousada de Monte Verde. Chalés amplos e confortáveis onde você encontrará paz e tranquilidade que você procura para seu descanso…

Pousada Rio Grande-A - Delfinópolis

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The Rio Grandde – A Lodge offers you a virtual excursion through the beautiful landscape of Delfinópolis in the State of Minas Gerais, on the south side of The National Park of the Canastra Range…

Pousada Solar da Ponte - Tiradentes

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Na antiga São José do Rio das Mortes, a 900 mts de altitude, o Solar combina conforto contemporâneo às tradições mineiras de hospitalidade.

Pousada Solar das Magas - São Thomé das Letras

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O seu encontro com a natureza… Saia da rotina, Respire ar puro, Durma ao som da cachoeira…

Pousadas em Monte Verde

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Localizado no estado de Minas Gerais, Monte Verde é um distrito de Camanducaia, cidade mineira próxima a divisa com o estado de São Paulo…

Rancho Cipo - Serra do Cipo

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Accommodation for nature lovers…

Vale Suíço Resort Hotel - Itapeva

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Flash

Vivenda dos Sabiás - Monte Verde

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Chalés para casais com muito sossego e privacidade. Ideais para se refazer do cansaço urbano.

Wiesbaden

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Birder friendly accommodation

Organisations

Biodiversity Foundation

R. Ludgero Dolabela, 1021 - 7o andar - Gutierrez - CEP 30430-130 Belo Horizonte - Minas Gerais - Brasil - Caixa Postal 1462 Tel: 0055-31-3292-8235 - Fax: 0055-31-3291-7658

Museums

Universidade Federal de Lavras

http://www.ufla.br/

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

http://www.ufmg.br/

Universidade Federal de Uberlândia

http://www.ufu.br/

Reserves

Estação Ecológica do Tripuí - Ouro Preto

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The reserve holds 258 species of birds, 11 types of amphibians, 51 species of snakes (5 Venomous) - mammals have not yet been surveyed, but species as tapeti Sylvilagus brasiliensis , armadillo Dasypus and maned wolf Chrysocyon brachyurus have been sighted there.

Parque Estadual do Ibitipoca

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Ibitipoca State Park has area of 1,488 hectares (3,680 acres) and is situated 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from the district of Conceição do Ibitipoca (which is sustained by tourism attracted by the park). It was created on 4 July 1973 and is administered by the Instituto Estadual de Florestas of Minas Gerais. It is in the municipality of Lima Duarte.

Parque Estadual do Itacolomi

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Several rare and endangered species can be found in the protected area, such as the maned wolf, puma and collared swifts. There are also several species of monkeys, armadillos, pacas, capybaras and Moriscos cats. Surveys have identified more than 200 species of birds, such as guan, siriemas and hummingbirds.…

Parque Estadual do Rio Doce - Marliéria

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Rio Doce State Park covers 35,973 hectares and is located in the southeastern region of Brazil, the site is the largest fragment of the endangered Atlantic Rain Forest in Minas Gerais State. In addition to permanent and seasonal rivers, there are 42 natural lakes that represent 6% of the park surface. The site hosts 10 different habitats, 325 species of birds, and at least 77 mammals.

Parque Estadual do Rio Preto

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With a total area of ​​12184.3255 hectares, the protected area is home to several river sources, among which the Black River stands out. It is one of the most important tributaries of the Araçuaí, which in turn, is a tributary of the Rio Jequitinhonha. It has waterfalls, pools, rapids, canyon and river beaches with white sand.

Parque Estadual Serra do Brigadeiro - near Araponga

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The mission of the park is to protect the natural heritage of the Atlantic Rainforest in the Serra do Brigadeiro, whilst facilitating scientific research, education and ecotourism, and contributing towards the development of communities in the area.

Parque Nacional da Serra da Canastra

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Protected birds include the cock-tailed tyrant (Alectrurus tricolor), vinaceous-breasted amazon (Amazona vinacea), black-masked finch (Coryphaspiza melanotis), Brazilian merganser (Mergus octosetaceus), lesser nothura (Nothura minor) and the dwarf tinamou (Taoniscus nanus).[2] Other protected species include the maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus), cougar (Puma concolor), oncilla (Leopardus tigrinus), ocelot (Leopardus pardalis), colocolo (Leopardus colocolo), giant armadillo (Priodontes maximus), giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) and the frog Phyllomedusa ayeaye.

Parque Nacional da Serra do Cipó

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The park is classified as IUCN protected area category II (national park). It has the objectives of preserving natural ecosystems of great ecological relevance and scenic beauty, enabling scientific research, environmental education, outdoors recreation and eco-tourism.[2] Protected species include]] the maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus), ocelot (Leopardus pardalis), cougar (Puma concolor), white-necked hawk (Buteogallus lacernulatus), the lizard Placosoma cipoense, the fish Characidium lagosantense and the butterfly Nirodia belphegor.

Parque Nacional do Caparaó

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Caparaó National Park is a national park created in 1961 to protect the Caparaó Mountains, located on the border between Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo states in Brazil. Pico da Bandeira, one of the highest mountains in Brazil, is located there.

Parque Natural do Caraça

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The wild life sanctuary also has many bird species includesing antbirds, toucans, hummingbirds, guans, woodpeckers, tanagers, long-trained nightjars, cotingas, scissor-tailed nightjars and much more. Some of these bird species are endemic, while few are rare and even endangered ones that are protected safely by the forest reserve authority.

RPPN Mata do Sossego

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Mata Sossego is located in the most extensive and continuous preserved remnant of the Atlantic Forest between the towns of Simonésia and Manhuaçu (MG), 324 km from Belo Horizonte. Currently the PRNP is a core that allows the expansion of scientific studies in the area and strengthening regional participation, inter-institutional integration and encouraging environmentally sustainable practices to the formation of an ecological corridor between the RPPNs Mata Sossego in Simonésia and Feliciano Miguel Abdala, in Caratinga.…

Other Links

Beija Flores

Website

Beija flores de Arceburgo Beija flores do Brasil beija flores de outros Paises…

The Birds of Itatiaia

Videa

Birds of Itatiaia National Park,Brazil,3/2005-Antonio Silveira

Photographers & Artists

Claudio Greco Photo

Gallery

Nature and Bird Photography…