Federative Republic of Brazil

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Birding Brazil

Brazil is an immense tropical birding mecca, boasting around 1832 bird species including a staggering 252 endemics at least and with several new species still being annually described.

Few countries can compare to Brazil, holding the World’s greatest bio diversity, highest number of endemic birds in South America and ranking as the third richest bird country on the Planet. Super friendly Brazilians in a country teeming with natural history, stunning scenic beauty, great modern tourist facilities, excellent and varied cuisine, all combine to offer birders some of the most exciting bird watching and wildlife experiences, on this the bird continent of the World. It’s no wonder that Brazil has rapidly become South America’s premier birding destination.

Brazil is the largest South American country holding so many superlatives its hard to know where to begin: in the south west we find the World’s largest most spectacular waterfalls, the thunderous Iguaçu falls, traveling east we encounter the Serra do Mar mountain range clad in lush Atlantic rainforest (home to the highest number of endemic bird species in the World with over 160) reaching down to Brazil’s famous tropical beaches shaded by coconut palms.

Within the interior of south western Brazil we find the World’s largest seasonally flooded fresh water marsh, the Pantanal which simply abounds with Animal life. Finally moving north we enter the vast green carpet of the Amazon rainforest which holds a staggering 20% of the Worlds fresh water flowing into the mighty Amazon river which dissects through thousands upon thousands of kilometers of pristine rainforest, a true symbol and flagship of one of the last remaining wilderness areas of our planet.  To allow a full appreciation of Brazil’s avifauna, one can quickly see, requires multiple birding trips to this vast friendly country to see it’s staggering diversity of natural history in so many different destinations. Birders planning to visit Brazil with such a huge avifauna, have first to plan and decide to which of the six major biomes they want to visit. To help understand more clearly the birding areas, it’s sites and possibilities to focus on during a birding trip, the late Bruce Forrester’s Birding Brazil (although getting a little dated), is still by far the best single source of birding information to date on Brazil.

Here is a simplified idea of major birding habitats and Brazilian biomes that should be visited on any birding Brazil trips. Included is a selection of Brazil’s major birding hot spots to visit along with a few of the sites key species. Covering as many of these major biomes will give birders a greater chance to see a higher % of the Brazilian endemics.

Atlantic Rainforest (Southeastern and southern Brazil) – The Lush Atlantic rainforest home to the largest number of endemics in the World, is found along the Brazilian coast and covers a series of coastal mountain ranges extending inland. This extremely rich birding area is the most commonly visited by birders due to its abundant endemics and its close proximity to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo the major gate way of entry into Brazil. This habitat can be subdivided as follows; a) Mountainous Atlantic rainforest: Several of these Atlantic forest endemics are found within a restricted elevation in the highlands. Main birding sites being are two in Rio state; Itatiaia National Park (Black-and-Gold Cotinga, Itatiaia Thistletail, Rufous-tailed Antbird, Rufous-backed Antvireo, White-bearded Antshrike and Black-capped Piprites) and Serra dos Orgoas National Park (Hooded Berryeater, Gray-winged Cotinga, Three-toed Jacamar and Elegant Mourner) and in Sao Paulo state, Intervales State Park (Black-throated Piping Guan, Long-trained Nightjar, Swallow-tailed Cotinga and Atlantic Royal Flycatcher). b) Lowland coastal forest: These can be sub divided by different endemics into three distinct endemic centers, northern- in Espirito Santo, Novo Lombardia, Linhares and Sooretama (Red-browed Parrot, Long-tailed Potoo, Banded Cotinga, Black-headed Berryeater, Cherry-throated Tanager, Plumbeous Antvireo, Weid’s Tyrant Manakin, Russet-winged Spadebill and Red-billed Curassow) and in Bahia, Una and Porto Seguro area (Red-browed Parrot, White-winged Potoo, Hook-billed Hermit, Bahia Antwren, Banded Cotinga) central- Ubatuba, Sao Paulo (Slaty Bristlefront, Red-eyed Thornbird, Buff-throated Purpletuft, Spotted Bamboo Wren, Fork-tailed Tody-Tyrant and Saw-billed Hermit) and southern- Curitiba area with Serra da Graciosa and nearby Santa Catarina state with its excellent restinga forests (Sickle-winged Nightjar, Marsh Antbird, Hooded Berryeater, Bare-throated Bellbird, Wetland Tapaculo, Canebrake Groundcreeper, Kaempfer’s Tody-tyrant, Restinga Tyrannulet and Black-backed Tanager).

Pantanal Wetlands and Chapada – World famous for its abundance of nature the immense Pantanal holds the World’s largest wetlands that offer almost a superb safari type birding and nature watching experience. The open setting makes birding easy with some spectacular concentrations and species diversity where 150 bird species a day being regular (Hyacinth and Golden-collard Macaw, Jabiru, Great Rufous Woodcreeper, Helmeted Manakin). Mammal watching can be very good with Giant River Otter, Marsh Deer and even Jaguar being seen with some frequency. The best area of the Pantanal for birders is found by accessing the far north, flying into Cuiaba. From here entering the famous transpantaneira road can be combined with access to the wonderful Chapada dos Guimarães National Park with its fine cerrado habitat and special birds; (Collard Cresentchest, Dot-eared Coquette, Rufous-sided Pygmy Tyrant, Blue Finch and Coal-crested Finch). Note also Cuiaba is the entrance city to fly onto visit the southern Amazonian Rainforests of Mato Grosso at Alta Floresta (see Amazonian Brazil).

Natural grasslands, cerrado and gallery forest of central Brazil – A patch work of important habitats holding many sought after endemics unique to each habitat. In central south eastern Brazil area the state of Minas Gerais stands out as one of the best states in which to enter through Belo Horizonte its capital to explore this rich area. From Belo Horizonte one can visit Serra de Canastra (Lesser Nothura, Crowned Eagle, Brazilian Merganser, Campo miner, Brasilia Tapaculo, Cock-tailed Tyrant) and the area is excellent for mammals including Mained Wolf and Giant Anteater. Also visits to both Serra de Cipo (Hyacinth Visorbearer, Cipo Canastero, Cinerous Warbling Finch, Blue Finch) as well as Caraça which also holds some Atlantic rainforest too (Serra Antwren, Buiscutate Swift, Cinnamon-vented Piha). Other important birding locations outside Minas that offer excellent birding are Emas National Park (Goias) with its superb grasslands (Yellow-faced Parrot, White-winged Nightjar, rare seedeaters), Brasilia National Park (Planalto Foliage-gleaner, White-striped Warbler).

Southern Brazil – Spectacular Aracaria forests, rolling grasslands and isolated marshes in Rio Grande state are home to many great endemics and flying into Porto Alegre, is one of the best ways to bird the states habitats. Within a few hours drive of the capital you can base yourself out of the quaint town of Sao Fransisco de Paula where good hotels are found. From here day visits to all major habitats are possible (Vinaceous-breasted Parrot, Mottled Piculet, Long-tailed Cinclodes, Striolated and Aracaria Tit Spinetail, Chestnut-backed Tanager and Saffron-cowled Blackbird). Driving to the far south of the state gets you to vast rice fields and wetlands such as at Taim, Pelotas and Lagoa de Peixe which hold huge concentrations of waders, gulls and terns (during boreal wintering especially) and screamers, swans, flamingo, ibis, ducks and grebes. Sea watching or pelagic birding for the more adventurous could be very rewarding also here during austral winter and a few special birds are found along the narrow coastal belt and its dunes.

Northeastern Brazil – Another vast region of Brazil the northeast contains a high number of great endemic birds, however this region also requires a lot of driving to cover the sites and see the areas wonderful endemics. The major habitat types are: caatinga which is the dominant habitat but very varied, tropical dry forest and isolated fragments of humid Atlantic rainforest. There are several ways to enter NE Brazil coming up from northern areas of SE Brazil by car or flying into one of the coastal ports of entry such as Salvador, Ilheus, Fortaleza or Maceio. A brief note outlines the major birding sites to visit within the northeast; Bahia state offers some excellent birding with one of the top birds of NE in the form of the endangered Lear’s Macaw other sites being Boa Nova (Rio-de Janeiro and Slender Antbird, Caatinga Antwren, Striated Softail, Bahia Spinetail, Fork-tailed Tody Tyrant, Bahia Tyrannulet) and Chapada do Dimantina (Hooded Visorbearer, Great Xenops, Pale-throated Serra Finch). Ceara state and the Chapada do Araripe can not be missed for the stunning Araripe Manakin (White-browed Guan, White-browed Antpitta, Bearded Bellbird, Great Xenops, Tawny Piculet). Alagoas state includes some of the Worlds most threatened endemic avifauna at Murici (Long-tailed Woodnymph, Alagoas Foligae-gleaner, Alagoas Antwren, Alagoas Tyrannulet, Seven-colored Tanager, Pintos Spinetail).

Amazonian Brazil – The capital of the Brazilian Amazon is the city of Manaus makes an idea center for any birding trip to Amazonia, located at the meeting of the Rios Negro with the mighty Amazon forming the famous meeting of the waters. Over hundreds of thousands of years each one of the Amazons major tributaries have formed biogeographical barriers, causing major speciation in all forms of life throughout the Amazon basin, especially so in the lower Amazon. Therefore the avian species diversity in Amazonas state alone is simply staggering, with around 950 bird species recorded to date! Manaus location is perfect for visitors to plan visits to several of the very distinct biogeographical regions found here, each holding different fauna. These distinct geographical areas are found as you cross each major Amazonian river barrier: North of the Amazon east and west of the Rio Negro, South of the Amazon east and west of the Rio Madeira being the major biogeographical barriers closest to Manaus.

Manaus offers local scheduled flights to other important biogeographical areas included in the Brazilian Amazon, including such great birding sites as are found around Sao Gabriel (Pearly Antshrike, Chestnut-crested and Gray-bellied Antbird, Yellow-throated Antwren), Tefe (Wattled Curassow), Borba (Brown-breasted Barbet, Hoffmann’s Woodcreeper, White-breasted Antbird, Buff-cheeked Tody Flycatcher), Tabatinga (Elusive Antpitta, Black-tailed Antbird, Rio Suno Antwren and Gray Wren). Also outside Amazonia to Itaituba, Pará (Golden Parakeet, Vulturine Parrot, Harlequin and Pale-faced Antbird) for visits to Amazonian National Park and Carajás (Black-bellied Gnatcatcher, Black- chested Tyrant, Opal-crowned Manakin), Boa Vista, Roraima (Sun Parakeet, Rio Branco Antbird and Hoary-throated Spinetail). Boats can be hired too from Manaus for exploration of the rich white water river island birds close to Manaus, on the Amazon as well as the Rio Negros black water archipelago of Anavilhanas (Klage’s and Cherrie’s Antwren) located above Manaus. The river islands within the Amazon are very rich and hold almost all the special riverine birds (Scaled and Red-and-White, Parker’s Spinetails, Brownish Elaenia and Pearly-breasted Conebill). In southern Amazonia, Mato Grosso state you can visit the famous Alta Floresta by flying from Cuiaba (Cryptic Forest-Falcon, Crimson-bellied Parakeet, Kawall’s Parrot, Black-girdled Barbet, Bare-eyed Antbird, Tooth-billed wren and Flame-crested Manakin).Amazonas also holds much excitement for those more adventurous birders as the state still holds huge areas of unexplored territory and this is one of the reasons that today still new bird species are being discovered and others re-discovered here. Amazonia never gives up its secrets easily! Biologists eyes World wide have recently turned to the Brazilian Amazon with the revelation of the recent discovery of multiple big new mammals, including a Peccary, several Primates, (Titi Monkeys and Marmosets) and even a new Dwarf Manatee! The state pages each contain detailed info on most major Brazilian birding sites and some notes on birds to be expected.

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  • Andrew Whittaker

    Manaus | Andrew@birdingbraziltours.com

Number of Species
  • Number of bird species: 1803

    (As at May 2019)
  • Number of endemics: 252

    Non-Passerines (74) Yellow-legged Tinamou Crypturellus noctivagus Lesser Nothura Nothura minor Dwarf Tinamou Taoniscus nanus East Brazilian Chachalaca Ortalis araucuan Scaled Chachalaca Ortalis squamata Chestnut-headed Chachalaca Ortalis ruficeps Buff-browed Chachalaca Ortalis superciliaris White-crested Guan Penelope pileata Chestnut-bellied Guan Penelope ochrogaster White-browed Guan Penelope jacucaca Alagoas Curassow Mitu mitu Red-billed Curassow Crax blumenbachii White-collared Kite Leptodon forbesi White-necked Hawk Leucopternis lacernulatus Cryptic Forest Falcon Micrastur mintoni Little Wood Rail Aramides mangle Dark-winged Trumpeter Psophia viridis Lear's Macaw Anodorhynchus leari Spix's Macaw Cyanopsitta spixii Golden Parakeet Guaruba guarouba Sulphur-breasted Parakeet Aratinga maculata Jandaya Parakeet Aratinga jandaya Golden-capped Parakeet Aratinga auricapillus Caatinga Parakeet Aratinga cactorum Ochre-marked Parakeet Pyrrhura cruentata Pearly Parakeet Pyrrhura lepida Santarem Parakeet Pyrrhura amazonum Bonaparte's Parakeet Pyrrhura lucianii Grey-breasted Parakeet Pyrrhura griseipectus Pfrimer's Parakeet Pyrrhura pfrimeri Plain Parakeet Brotogeris tirica Brown-backed Parrotlet Touit melanonotus Golden-tailed Parrotlet Touit surdus Vulturine Parrot Pyrilia vulturina Bald Parrot Pyrilia aurantiocephala Red-spectacled Amazon Amazona pretrei Diademed Amazon Amazona diadema Red-browed Amazon Amazona rhodocorytha Red-tailed Amazon Amazona brasiliensis Kawall's Amazon Amazona kawalli Blue-bellied Parrot Triclaria malachitacea Scaled Ground Cuckoo Neomorphus squamiger Black-capped Screech Owl Megascops atricapilla Pernambuco Pygmy Owl Glaucidium mooreorum Plain-tailed Nighthawk Nyctiprogne vielliardi Pygmy Nightjar Caprimulgus hirundinaceus Mato Grosso Swift Chaetura viridipennis Saw-billed Hermit Ramphodon naevius Hook-billed Hermit Glaucis dohrnii Broad-tipped Hermit Anopetia gounellei Dusky-throated Hermit Phaethornis squalidus Minute Hermit Phaethornis idaliae Sombre Hummingbird Aphantochroa cirrochloris Dot-eared Coquette Lophornis gouldii Frilled Coquette Lophornis magnificus Long-tailed Woodnymph Thalurania watertonii Brazilian Ruby Clytolaema rubricauda Hyacinth Visorbearer Augastes scutatus Hooded Visorbearer Augastes lumachella Stripe-breasted Starthroat Heliomaster squamosus Three-toed Jacamar Jacamaralcyon tridactyla Blue-necked Jacamar Galbula cyanicollis Caatinga Puffbird Nystalus maculatus Crescent-chested Puffbird Malacoptila striata Chestnut-headed Nunlet Nonnula amaurocephala Brown-chested Barbet Capito brunneipectus Saffron Toucanet Pteroglossus bailloni Spotted Piculet Picumnus pygmaeus Varzea Piculet Picumnus varzeae Ochraceous Piculet Picumnus limae Tawny Piculet Picumnus fulvescens Mottled Piculet Picumnus nebulosus Yellow-eared Woodpecker Veniliornis maculifrons Kaempfer's Woodpecker Celeus obrieni Passerines (178) Long-tailed Cinclodes Cinclodes pabsti Band-tailed Hornero Furnarius figulus Striolated Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura striolata Itatiaia Spinetail Asthenes moreirae Cipo Canastero Asthenes luizae Hoary-throated Spinetail Synallaxis kollari Bahia Spinetail Synallaxis whitneyi Pinto's Spinetail Synallaxis infuscata Red-shouldered Spinetail Gyalophylax hellmayri Pallid Spinetail Cranioleuca pallida Grey-headed Spinetail Cranioleuca semicinerea Scaled Spinetail Cranioleuca muelleri Striated Softtail Thripophaga macroura Orange-eyed Thornbird Phacellodomus erythrophthalmus Orange-breasted Thornbird Phacellodomus ferrugineigula Pink-legged Graveteiro Acrobatornis fonsecai Caatinga Cacholote Pseudoseisura cristata Alagoas Foliage-gleaner Philydor novaesi White-collared Foliage-gleaner Anabazenops fuscus Pale-browed Treehunter Cichlocolaptes leucophrus Para Foliage-gleaner Automolus paraensis Pernambuco Foliage-gleaner Automolus lammi Great Xenops Megaxenops parnaguae Uniform Woodcreeper Hylexetastes uniformis Brigida's Woodcreeper Hylexetastes brigidai Moustached Woodcreeper Xiphocolaptes falcirostris Hoffmanns's Woodcreeper Dendrocolaptes hoffmannsi Zimmer's Woodcreeper Dendroplex kienerii Spix's Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus spixii Scaled Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes squamatus Silvery-cheeked Antshrike Sakesphorus cristatus Glossy Antshrike Sakesphorus luctuosus White-bearded Antshrike Biatas nigropectus Natterer's Slaty Antshrike Thamnophilus stictocephalus Planalto Slaty Antshrike Thamnophilus pelzelni Sooretama Slaty Antshrike Thamnophilus ambiguus Acre Antshrike Thamnophilus divisorius Rondonia Bushbird Clytoctantes atrogularis Spot-breasted Antvireo Dysithamnus stictothorax Rufous-backed Antvireo Dysithamnus xanthopterus Plumbeous Antvireo Dysithamnus plumbeus Klages's Antwren Myrmotherula klagesi Sclater's Antwren Myrmotherula sclateri Star-throated Antwren Myrmotherula gularis Silvery-flanked Antwren Myrmotherula luctuosa Salvadori's Antwren Myrmotherula minor Band-tailed Antwren Myrmotherula urosticta Rio de Janeiro Antwren Myrmotherula fluminensis Unicolored Antwren Myrmotherula unicolor Alagoas Antwren Myrmotherula snowi Bahia Antwren Herpsilochmus pileatus Caatinga Antwren Herpsilochmus sellowi Pectoral Antwren Herpsilochmus pectoralis Narrow-billed Antwren Formicivora iheringi Black-hooded Antwren Formicivora erythronotos Serra Antwren Formicivora serrana Sincora Antwren Formicivora grantsaui Marsh Antwren Stymphalornis acutirostris Ferruginous Antbird Drymophila ferruginea Bertoni's Antbird Drymophila rubricollis Rufous-tailed Antbird Drymophila genei Ochre-rumped Antbird Drymophila ochropyga Scaled Antbird Drymophila squamata Orange-bellied Antwren Terenura sicki Rio de Janeiro Antbird Cercomacra brasiliana Willis's Antbird Cercomacra laeta Rio Branco Antbird Cercomacra carbonaria Bananal Antbird Cercomacra ferdinandi Fringe-backed Fire-eye Pyriglena atra Slender Antbird Rhopornis ardesiacus Spix's Warbling Antbird Hypocnemis striata Humaita Antbird Schistocichla humaythae Rufous-faced Antbird Schistocichla rufifacies Scalloped Antbird Myrmeciza ruficauda White-bibbed Antbird Myrmeciza loricata Squamate Antbird Myrmeciza squamosa Bare-eyed Antbird Rhegmatorhina gymnops Harlequin Antbird Rhegmatorhina berlepschi White-breasted Antbird Rhegmatorhina hoffmannsi Pale-faced Bare-eye Phlegopsis borbae Cryptic Antthrush Chamaeza meruloides Rufous-tailed Antthrush Chamaeza ruficauda White-browed Antpitta Hylopezus ochroleucus Ceara Gnateater Conopophaga cearae Hooded Gnateater Conopophaga roberti Black-cheeked Gnateater Conopophaga melanops Spotted Bamboowren Psilorhamphus guttatus Slaty Bristlefront Merulaxis ater Stresemann's Bristlefront Merulaxis stresemanni White-breasted Tapaculo Eleoscytalopus indigoticus Marsh Tapaculo Scytalopus iraiensis Mouse-colored Tapaculo Scytalopus speluncae Rock Tapaculo Scytalopus petrophilus Planalto Tapaculo Scytalopus pachecoi Brasilia Tapaculo Scytalopus novacapitalis Diamantina Tapaculo Scytalopus diamantinensis Reiser's Tyrannulet Phyllomyias reiseri Grey-capped Tyrannulet Phyllomyias griseocapilla Noronha Elaenia Elaenia ridleyana Grey-backed Tachuri Polystictus superciliaris Alagoas Tyrannulet Phylloscartes ceciliae Restinga Tyrannulet Phylloscartes kronei Bahia Tyrannulet Phylloscartes beckeri Minas Gerais Tyrannulet Phylloscartes roquettei Oustalet's Tyrannulet Phylloscartes oustaleti Serra do Mar Tyrannulet Phylloscartes difficilis Brown-breasted Bamboo Tyrant Hemitriccus obsoletus Eye-ringed Tody-Tyrant Hemitriccus orbitatus Hangnest Tody-Tyrant Hemitriccus nidipendulus Pelzeln's Tody-Tyrant Hemitriccus inornatus Buff-breasted Tody-Tyrant Hemitriccus mirandae Kaempfer's Tody-Tyrant Hemitriccus kaempferi Fork-tailed Tody-Tyrant Hemitriccus furcatus Buff-cheeked Tody-Flycatcher Poecilotriccus senex Yellow-lored Tody-Flycatcher Todirostrum poliocephalum Sao Francisco Black Tyrant Knipolegus franciscanus Velvety Black Tyrant Knipolegus nigerrimus Ash-throated Casiornis Casiornis fuscus Grey-hooded Attila Attila rufus Hooded Berryeater Carpornis cucullata Black-headed Berryeater Carpornis melanocephala Banded Cotinga Cotinga maculata Black-and-gold Cotinga Tijuca atra Grey-winged Cotinga Tijuca condita Cinnamon-vented Piha Lipaugus lanioides White-tailed Cotinga Xipholena lamellipennis White-winged Cotinga Xipholena atropurpurea Wied's Tyrant-Manakin Neopelma aurifrons Serra do Mar Tyrant-Manakin Neopelma chrysolophum Pin-tailed Manakin Ilicura militaris Eastern Striped Manakin Machaeropterus regulus Snow-capped Manakin Lepidothrix nattereri Golden-crowned Manakin Lepidothrix vilasboasi Opal-crowned Manakin Lepidothrix iris Araripe Manakin Antilophia bokermanni Atlantic Royal Flycatcher Onychorhynchus swainsoni Buff-throated Purpletuft Iodopleura pipra Brazilian Laniisoma Laniisoma elegans Kinglet Calyptura Calyptura cristata Noronha Vireo Vireo gracilirostris Grey-eyed Greenlet Hylophilus amaurocephalus White-naped Jay Cyanocorax cyanopogon Tooth-billed Wren Odontorchilus cinereus Long-billed Wren Cantorchilus longirostris Grey Wren Cantorchilus griseus Para Gnatcatcher Polioptila paraensis Yellow-faced Siskin Carduelis yarrellii White-striped Warbler Basileuterus leucophrys Campo Troupial Icterus jamacaii Forbes's Blackbird Curaeus forbesi Half-collared Sparrow Arremon semitorquatus Sao Francisco Sparrow Arremon franciscanus Red-cowled Cardinal Paroaria dominicana Crimson-fronted Cardinal Paroaria baeri Brown Tanager Orchesticus abeillei Cinnamon Tanager Schistochlamys ruficapillus Cone-billed Tanager Conothraupis mesoleuca Scarlet-throated Tanager Compsothraupis loricata Cherry-throated Tanager Nemosia rourei Olive-green Tanager Orthogonys chloricterus Brazilian Tanager Ramphocelus bresilius Azure-shouldered Tanager Thraupis cyanoptera Golden-chevroned Tanager Thraupis ornata Seven-colored Tanager Tangara fastuosa Brassy-breasted Tanager Tangara desmaresti Gilt-edged Tanager Tangara cyanoventris Black-backed Tanager Tangara peruviana Black-legged Dacnis Dacnis nigripes Rufous-headed Tanager Hemithraupis ruficapilla Bay-chested Warbling Finch Poospiza thoracica Buff-throated Warbling Finch Poospiza lateralis Grey-throated Warbling Finch Poospiza cabanisi Cinereous Warbling Finch Poospiza cinerea Serra Finch Embernagra longicauda Temminck's Seedeater Sporophila falcirostris Dubois's Seedeater Sporophila ardesiaca White-throated Seedeater Sporophila albogularis Black-bellied Seedeater Sporophila melanogaster
  • Checklist

    iGoTerra Checklist
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Useful Reading

  • All the Birds of Brazil

    | (An Identification Guide) | by Deodato Souza | Subbuteo Natural History Books| Edition 2 | 2006 | Paperback | 356 pages, Colour illustrations, maps | ISBN: 9781905268016 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • Birding Brazil

    | (A checklist & Site Guide) | by Bruce C Forrester | Bruce C Forrester | 1993 | Spiralbound | 255 pages, Maps, line illustrations | ISBN: 9780952156703 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • Birds in Brazil: A Natural History

    | By Helmut Sick | Princeton University Press | 1993 | Hardback | 932 pages, 48 colour plates, 15 b/w plates, 262 line illustrations, 51 maps, 3 tables | ISBN: 9780691085692 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • Brazil Birds A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species

    | By James R Kavanagh | Waterdord Press | 2-16 | Unbound | 12 pages, colour illustrations, 1 colour map | ISBN: 9781583559895 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • Wildlife Conservation Society Birds of Brazil, Volume 2

    | (The Atlantic Forest of Southeast Brazil, including São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro) | By John A Gwynne, Robert S Ridgely, Guy Tudor & Martha Argel | Comstock Publishing Associates | 2016 | Paperback | The Atlantic Forest of Southeast Brazil, including São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro | ISBN: 9781501704536 Buy this book from NHBS.com
Birding Aps
  • Birds of Brazil

    Apple iOS |
    | A field guide by Ber van Perlo | NatureGuides Ltd. | 708.1 MB | Requires iOS 9.3 or later |

    Based on Ber van Perlo's ‘Field Guide to the Birds of Brazil’, this app covers over 1,800 species of bird seen in Brazil, including residents, migrants and vagrants. Helpful texts detail size, habitat and description, while informative illustrations show a host of plumages for each species, including subspecific variation. Distribution maps and stunning still photographs further enhance the app, and songs and calls of over 1,200 species complete the package. The result is a must-have app for anybody birding in Brazil.
Useful Information
  • National Bird

    Rufous-bellied Thrush Turdus rufiventris
  • Biodiversity Fund

    The Brazilian Biodiversity Fund (FUNBIO) is an innovative financial mechanism created to drive the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Brazil. Active since 1996, FUNBIO was created by a multidisciplinary group consisting of representatives from the Federal Government, academia, civil society and the business world on the strength of a USD 20 million donation from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
  • CEO - Centro de Estudos Ornitol

    WHAT IS THE CEO? The Center for Ornithological Studies is a non-governmental, non-profit organization with the objective of bringing together people interested in ornithology and related topics, developing ornithological studies, contributing to the conservation of nature in general and birds in particular and to the environmental education of the population.
  • Comitê Brasileiro de Registros Ornitológicos

    The CBRO will review and update the information available about avian distribution in Brazil, and will consolidate and publish its conclusions on the Internet in the form of a regular newsletter. This newsletter will be entitled Nattereria, in homage to the Austrian naturalist who laid the basis for the study of the distribution of birds in Brazil.
  • Loroparque Fundacion

    Our mission is to conserve parrots and their habitats, through education, applied research, responsible breeding programmes, and community-based conservation activities that use parrots as ambassadors for nature
  • Pantanal Bird Club

    The Pantanal Bird Club offers different birding trips in Mato Grosso, that could be combined as pre or post tours, with fixed departures every month on the dry season (July-November). Departures are confirmed even with just ONE participant!
  • Sociedade Brasileira de Ornitologia - SBO - Ararajuba

    As a member you will receive the Brazilian Journal of Ornithology, our Newsletter, will receive a discount on the registration fee of the Brazilian Congress of Ornithology and will have access to restricted areas on our home page (publications, mailing list and archives). Other promotions may also occur. Join the Brazilian Society of Ornithology and contribute to the promotion of scientific study and conservation of Brazilian birds ...

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  • A Wilderness of Water - The Pantanal

    ArticleSatellite View
    South America's Pantanal, the largest wetland in the world, is an oasis of water and wildlife. As development threatens to destroy it, conservationists are fighting to preserve it…
  • Atlantic Rainforest Projects in Brazil

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    Because of the importance of the Atlantic Rainforests of Brazil, the WLT is looking at another area of threatened forests close to Guapi Acu. WLT is proposing to support a project identified by BirdLife International as of the highest priority, following a detailed assessment. This area is included in their list of Key Areas for Threatened Birds in the Americas. The WLT Trustees are meeting with representatives of BirdLife International in late May to discuss the project commitment in greater detail and further information will be available after this time…
  • National Parks

    InformationSatellite View
    List of national parks of Brazil with links to individual pages.
  • Wetlands of International Importance

    WebpageSatellite View
    Brazil currently has 27 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites), with a surface area of 26,794,454 hectares.
Guides & Tour Operators
  • Anytime Tours

    Tour Operator
    Fatbirder's very own birding tours - we offer several destinations in Brazil
  • Birding Brazil Tours

    Tour Operator
    Birding Brazil tours is owned by Andrew Whittaker a leading South American Ornithologist and well known international bird tour leader. Our 18 years of in country birding and tour organizing experience (throughout Brazil) has enabled us to form a uniquely highly qualified team. The office combines birders and a very efficient professional office staff allowing us to give excellent competitive services and advice to any birder wishing to plan a visit to any of the many excellent Brazilian birding destination
  • Birding Ecotours

    Tour Operator
    For all its size, the joys of the Amazon are mostly subtle: the ghostly roar of howler monkeys, the remarkable variety of plant life, the kindliness of riverside communities, and the quiet but awesome power of the river itself
  • Boute Expeditions

    Tour Operator
    For tailor-made itineraries in the Pantanal, Chapada dos Guimar
  • Brazilian Ecotourism Society

    The first non-governmental organization of Ecotourism in Brazil.   Originally founded as the Brazilian Association of Ecotourism on September 23, 1993, in Manaus, on the occasion of the World Congress On Adventure Travel & Ecotourism event.
  • Gil Serique

    Tour Operator
    Brazilian field guide and conservationist specialized in providing observation of wild parrots. I have been organising expedition to the various parts of the Amazon region for the past fifteen years. Currently I am field director of a conservation project involving a fairly large population of Hyacinth Macaws, in southern Piaui state, Brazil. We also undertake field trips to locate unknown populations of the rare Lear`s Macaw, in addition to work in Atlantic Rainforest. These projects are administered by BioBrasil Foundation (biobras@provider.com.br) an environmental NGO based in Itubera, BA.
  • Manu Expeditions

    Tour Operator
    A tour aimed at seeing the spectacular endemic Araipe Manakin, Lear
  • Neblina Forest

    Tour Operator
    Many itineraries
  • Riding Brazil - Horseback Adventures

    Tour Operator
    Explore the most stunning Brazilian landscapes and watch fascinating wildlife on horseback - a unique and exciting adventure
  • Rockjumper Birding Tours

    Tour Operator
    Brazil is one of the world
  • This Way - Wildlife Observation - Guiding since 2008

    Tour Operator
    My name is Carlos Henrique, I'm specialized in wildlife observation in Southeast and Central-West areas of Brazil, and Nothwest area of Ecuador (Pichincha). I offer you full-day guided tour, weekend, or by arragements tours can be organized for any number of days to the best birding hot spots. If you want to see in Brazil primates and other mammals, or amphibians, get more information here: ornithocarlos@gmail.com
Trip Reports
  • 2014 [02 February] - Niels Poul Dreyer - Northeast Brazil

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    …We found most of the endemic birds and saw about 450 species including 90 country endemics and 53 restricted range species (3 critically endangered, 11 endangered, 14 vulnerable, 25 near-threatened) but I would guess we could have seen perhaps 10 more special species if we had a fulltime guide. We decided to have at least two nights at each place and about 2-3 days in order to avoid too many conjunctive driving days. The trip went well most of the time and we had few logistical problems. However driving and navigation is an issue as indicated in the driving section….
  • 2014 [02 February] - Peter Friedmann - Reserva Ecologica do Guapiasu

    …The way up is good with spot-billed toucanet (responding to the amazing deep, bark-like call), thrush-like woodcreeper, pin-tailed mannakin, white-throated spadebill. The high point of the walk develops towards the top where we came upon a young black vulture who seemed injured or anyway unable to fly….
  • 2015 [06 June] - South Brazil

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    This was our first tour to the endemic rich Southern Brazil and what a delight it was. With so many varied habitats from Atlantic Rainforest to Araucaria Forest, Pampas, extensive marshlands, coastal swamps and one of the biggest and most amazing wetlands we have ever seen.
  • 2015 [07 July] - Catherine McFadden - Atlantic Forest

    At that time we had decided that we would return someday to bird the Atlantic forest region of eastern Brazil, a rapidly disappearing habitat that is home to an astounding 180 or so endemic species. Cathy’s plans to attend an international conference near São Paulo in June 2015 now provided us with the perfect opportunity to tack on a two week birding trip plus a visit to Iguazú Falls, a site we’d long wanted to see. Early July (mid-winter in the southern hemisphere) is not, however, the optimal time to bird the Atlantic forest. Many species are not calling prior to the start of the breeding season, some endemics (Swallow-tailed Cotinga, Black-legged Dacnis, Frilled Coquette) are absent, and others (White-bearded Antshrike, Slaty Bristlefront) simply don’t seem to respond to tape at this time of year. On the plus side, the temperatures are very pleasant (especially along the coast where it can be beastly hot in summer), and the weather is supposed to be dry. Or so we were told…
  • 2015 [07 July] - John Clark & Eduardo Patrial - Amazonia NP, Carajas, Caxias and southern Brazil.

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    ...Immediately we saw a pair of obliging Natterer’s Slaty Antshrikes. Other birds showing well included Short-tailed Pygmy Tyrant, Elegant Woodcreeper, Green-backed Trogon, apair of Amazonian Inezias and four Pied Plovers on the beach by the impressive Rio Tapajos. Returning by adifferent route a calling Brown-chested Barbet initially proved impossible to locate but eventually gave goodviews through binoculars and telescope.
  • 2015 [09 September] - Dave Sargeant - South-east Brazil, the Pantanal & Cerrado

    ...Few notable birds en route other than Yellow-rumped Marshbird, Whistling Heron and Burrowing Owl. We arrived at Intervales around noon, with the afternoon spent around the lodge and a few short walks in the vicinity. Some highlights were Red-and-white Crake, White-necked Thrush, Green-billed Toucan, Pileated Parrot, Giant Antshrike, Grey-hooded Flycatcher, Amethyst Woodstar, Violet-capped Woodnymph, Dusky-tailed Antbird, Hangnest Tody-Tyrant, Rufous-crowned Greenlet and Creamy-bellied Thrush.
  • 2015 [09 September] - Eduardo Ormaeche

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    Our Heart of Brazil: Cerrado, Amazon, and Pantanal custom tour 2015 was a great success, and our clients were some of our best tours people ever! This tour is a true birding and naturalist’s dream for those who come to the Neotropics, especially for the first time.
  • 2015 [10 October] - Marcelo Padua - The Pantanal & More

    With well over 1800 species of birds Brazil has many remarkable places to go birding, but Canastra National Park certainly occupies a high position in the rank of birding destinations within the country. Its diversity of habitats such as the grasslands of the upper reaches of the mountain range with breathtaking vistas holds an enormous diversity of endemic plants, many of which were in bloom during our visit...
  • 2015 [11 November] - Bret Whitney - Amazon

    Field Guides Tour Report Brazil: Great Rivers of the Amazon II 2015 Oct 26, 2015 to Nov 7, 2015 Bret Whitney & Pepe RojasFor our tour description, itinerary, past triplists, dates, fees, and more, please VISIT OUR TOUR PAGE.See this triplist in printable PDF format with media only on page 1.Seeing the bizarre Bald Parrot, only recently described to science, was certainly among the top experiences for everyone on Field Guides' inaugural "Exploring the Madeira-Tapajos Interfluvium" tour to this region! (4K video copyright Bret Whitney)Field Guides’ inaugural run of the “Great Rivers of the Amazon: Birding the Madeira-Tapajos Interfluvium” tour might be described as a complicated success. Complicated in a “mother-naturedly” kind of way, as the tour was preceded by nearly three months of extraordinarily dry conditions that dictated we alter our route quite dramatically. Successful in that we generated a fine list of specialties of the central Amazon, made some exciting discoveries about what occurs where, went birding in numerous places no one had ever before investigated, and had a whole lot of fun living on the boat for nigh on two weeks...
  • 2016 [01 January] - Rob Gordijn - NE Brazil

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    A three-week independent trip to NE Brazil together with Marten Hornsveld and Vivian Jacobs. For logistic convenience we decided to do a roundtrip from Salvador, leaving birding around Fortaleza for a next trip. We visited the Atlantic Rainforest sites of Tamandare, Frei Caneca, Murici, Estancia, Michelin, Boa Nova, Serra Bonita and Mata do Passarinho. Furthermore, we explored the Caatinga inland at Chapada Diamantina, Canudos and Crato...
  • 2016 [03 March] - Peter Luetchford - Atlantic Forest

    ...The afternoon was much quieter but we still managed to pick up White-eyed Parakeet, Chicli Spinetail, Ochre-faced Tody-Flycatcher, White-barred Piculet, Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper, Whiskered Myiobius, Golden-crowned Warbler and Magpie Tanager. Rain was threatening so by 17.15 we were back at the lodge, and by 17.30 the heavens opened, so all good timing! We had a fantastic first day birding the Lodge grounds and saw a total of 67 species, of which 27 were Atlantic forest endemics!..
  • 2016 [10 October] - Marcelo Padua - Safari Brazil: The Pantanal & More

    With well over 1800 species of birds Brazil has many remarkable places to go birding, but Canastra National Park certainly occupies a high position in the rank of birding destinations within the country. Its diversity of habitats such as the grasslands of the upper reaches of the mountain range with breathtaking vistas holds an enormous diversity of endemic plants, many of which were in bloom during our visit...
  • 2016 [11 November] - Andy Foster

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    ...We did however pick up several species during theafternoon including Burnished Buff Tanager, Ruby-crowned Tanager, Maroon-bellied Parakeet,Scaled Woodcreeper, Pallid Spinetail, Crested Oropendola, Rufous-collared Sparrow, Dusky-leggedGuan, Picazuro Pigeon, Hooded Siskin, Rufous-headed Tanager, Azure-shouldered Tanager, SayacaTanager, Yellow-legged Thrush, Bananaquit and Buff-fronted Foliage Gleaner...
  • 2017 [01 January] - Bret Whitney - Northeast Brazil

    Top votegetters for “bird of the trip” were Buff-fronted Owl (beautiful views of this mysterious little owl), Lear’s Macaw, Araripe Manakin, Hooded Visorbearer, Great Xenops, Fringe-backed Fire-eye, and Short-tailed Antthrush (each of which got multiple votes, no surprise!), followed by a list of a dozen others that garnered a single vote each (like White-collared Kite!)...
  • 2017 [02 February] - Andy Foster - Atlantic Forest

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    ...but we did pick up Maroon-bellied Parakeets, Ruby-crowned Tanager, Rufous-collared Sparrow, Brazilian Ruby and Violet-capped Woodnymph....
  • 2017 [09 September] - Eduardo Ormaeche

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    Our fabulous birding soon started along the way, as we approached Chapada dos Guimarães, with Toco Toucan, Peach-fronted Parakeet, Chalk-browed Mockingbird, Rufous Hornero, Rusty-margined Flycatcher, Cliff Flycatcher, Black and Turkey Vultures, Guira Cuckoo, and Picazuro Pigeon all showing well. Further along the road, near the scenic Hell’s Gate, we scored with our main target here, the localized Blue-winged Macaw, and with a nice pair of Red-and-green Macaws. We explored a road that leads deep into the Cerrado, and soon we found the endemic Chapada Flycatcher and were reward with splendid views of two birds displaying. Other birds in the area included Southern Lapwing, Groove-billed Ani, White-eyed Parakeet, Tropical Kingbird, Rufous-bellied Thrush, and Purple-throated Euphonia.
  • 2018 [05 May] - Andy Foster

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    Manfred and Anna arrived on the flight from Frankfurt with Lufthansa at 05.00 and our driver Serginho collected them in arrivals and then came via the Linx hotel to collect me as I had arrived from the UK the night before.
  • 2018 [08 August] - Karen Worcester -

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    We were at the São Paulo airport early, and by ten o’clock or so we were in Cuiaba, a two hour flight north east of São Paulo, in the state of Mata Grosso. It had the look of a small town grown large. I was particularly fascinated by the tangles of cables and wires festooning the utility poles alongside the road. The steamy heat was a shock to our systems after the cool of the Atlantic Forest.
  • 2018 [10 October] - Andy Foster - Atlantic Forest

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    the common feeder birds that included Dusky-legged Guan, Azure-shouldered Tanager, Golden-chevroned Tanager, Sayaca Tanager, Ruby-crowned Tanager, Rufous-bellied Thrush, Black-goggled Tanager, Blue Dacnis, Plain Parakeet, Burnished Buff Tanager, Magpie Tanager and our first hummingbirds of the trip that included Brazilian Ruby, White-throated Hummingbird, Violet-capped Woodnymph, Black Jacobin and Scale-throated Hermit….. not a bad start!
  • 2018 [10 October] - Marcelo Padua

    This was a challenging year for us at Canastra in terms of seeing the Mergansers. Heavy rains muddied the waters and pushed the Mergansers further up the streams making it hard to locate them.
  • 2019 [02 February] - Andy Foster

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    We were soon getting our first Atlantic forest endemics and various other species including Brassy-breasted Tanager, Gilt-eged Tanager (bonus bird that was feeding on the avocado tree in front of the deck), Ruby-crowned Tanager, Golden-chevroned Tanager, Bananaquit, Sayaca Tanager, Azure-shouldered Tanager, Pale-breasted Thrush and Burnished-buff Tanager. Hummingbirds around the lodge included Brazilian Ruby, White-throated Hummingbird, Black Jacobin, Scale-throated Hermit and Violet-capped Woodnymph!
  • 2019 [02 February] - Andy Foster - Atlantic Forest

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    ...we hit a couple of good mixed species flocks that included Yellow-browed Woodpecker, Surucua Trogon, Yellow-eared Woodpecker, Buff-browed Foliage Gleaner, Scaled Woodcreeper, Lesser Woodcreeper, Variable Antshrike, Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet, Sepia-capped Flycatcher, Pin-tailed Manakin, Golden-crowned Warbler and Black-goggled Tanager. Not a bad start to the tour!
  • 2019 [02 February] - Daniel Branch

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    Although fieldwork took a large portion of our time, we also enjoyed some excellent birding in the field site and around the wider Brasilia area.
  • 2019 [02 February] - Daniel Branch - Brasilia, Goias & Minas Gerais

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    In early 2019 I spent a very enjoyable six weeks working as a field assistant to Lia Kajiki, a PhD student at the University of Brasilia studying Helmeted Manakins (more information can be found here: https://openexplorer.nationalgeographic.com/expedition/helmeted manakin/). Although fieldwork took a large portion of our time, we also enjoyed some excellent birding in the field site and around the wider Brasilia area.
  • 2019 [02 February] - Zoothera

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    Our NE Brazil tour produced a veritable feast of endemic and localised species to keep our group entertained in just over 2 weeks birding.
  • 2019 [05 May] - Josh Beck

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    A plan to spend a week on the amazing beaches of Morro de Sao Paulo and Boipeba quickly led to thoughts of birding a little in Bahia, which quickly grew to a plan for a full circuit of Bahia and a bit of Espirito Santo.
  • 2019 [07 July] - Andres Vasquez - Atlantic Forest Highlights

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    The Atlantic Forest of Southeast Brazil is a very well-known Endemic Bird Area (EBA) of the World thanks not only to its richness, in terms of endemic species but also thanks to the fact that most of those endemic birds are absolutely spectacular. This makes that this region of the globe is in the bucket list of any birdwatcher...
  • 2019 [07 July] - Andres Vasquez - The Pantanal and Amazon

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    In this tour we combine some of the World’s best birding regions like the mega diverse Amazon rainforest, the seasonally flooded Pantanal plains, and just shortly the dry and unique Cerrado. This combination brings a HUGE amount of birds to our checklists out of which there are many of South America’s MEGAS, not only in terms of special birds but also in terms of “special bird families” (
  • 2019 [07 July] - Andy Foster

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    On the journey up we picked up some common birds including Black Vulture, Magnificent Frigatebird, Great-white Egret, Cattle Egret, Smooth-billed Ani and Blue and White Swallow. We arrived at the lodge at 10.00 and were greeted by Bettina and shortly afterwards by her brother Rainer, our hosts for the week ahead.
  • 2019 [08 August] - Stefan Schlick

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    Brazil is a huge country with over 1600+ species of birds. There are several different habitats with entirely different wildlife. For this trip, we chose the Atlantic Rainforest and the Pantanal.
  • 2019 [10 October] - Andres Vasquez - Atlantic Rainforest and Savanna

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    The vast nation of Brazil hosts well over 200 endemic bird species, and that number is ever increasing as more are split or newly discovered. Many of these endemics are concentrated in the Atlantic Rainforest of Southeast Brazil and a lot of them are among the most colorful and spectacular birds in all of South America. On this tour we saw the vast majority of the possible endemics in the region as well as hundreds of other fantastic birds while visiting a great selection of parks and private reserves.
  • 2022 [11 October] - Wes Larson

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    ...Arriving at the lodge we soon realized why Aguapé is so popular among birders as both feeders and nesting boxes were surrounded with abundant bird life including Yellow-billed Cardinals, Nanday Parakeets, Monk Parakeets, Plush-crested Jays, Blue-and-yellow Macaws, and Saffron Finches. But one of the most common and charismatic birds around the lodge is the Hyacinth Macaw. Aguapé, like many lodges in the area, has worked closely with conservation groups to provide critical nesting and feeding habitat for Hyacinth Macaws...
  • 2023 [01 January] - Andy Foster

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    ...started getting our first taste of the birds on the lodge feeders that included Azureshouldered Tanager, Ruby-crowned Tanager, Brassy-breasted Tanager, Golden-chevroned Tanager, Sayaca Tanager and hummingbirds on the nectar feeders were Black Jacobin, Violetcapped Woodnymph, White-throated Hummingbird, Scale-throated Hermit, Brazilian Ruby and a couple of appearances from a female Amethyst Woodstar that looked more like an insect by the way she was flying!
  • 2023 [01 January] - Rob Gordijn - Southeast Brazil

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    From São Paulo we made roundtrip visiting Itatiaia NP - Nova Friburgo - Mata dos Caetes - Santa Teresa - RN Vale - Santuario do Caraca - Cerro de Cipo - Montes Claros - Botumirim - Estrema - Pompeu - Serra da Canastra - Intervales. A very nice combination of Atlantic rainforest and some drier inland places (although given that it was the rainy season even inland places were wet). In total we saw 443 species, of which 138(!) were lifers.
  • 2023 [02 February] - Andy Foster - Atlantic Rainforest

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    ...Prior to departing from the hotel, some of the group saw Band-tailed Hornero, Masked Water Tyrant and several Orange-winged Amazons. The journey out of Rio and up over the mountains was uneventful with a few species being seen along the route, these included Cocoi Heron, Roseate Spoonbill, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Magnificent Frigatebird, Neotropic Cormorant and Southern Lapwing...
  • 2023 [09 September] - Eduardo Ormaeche - Brazil & Argentina

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    During this fantastic two-week birding tour, we recorded numerous fantastic species including Hyacinth Macaw, Sungrebe, Sunbittern, Greater Rhea, Jabiru, Roseate Spoonbill, Agami Heron, Zigzag Heron, Helmeted Manakin, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Green-headed Tanager, Black Jacobin, Great Dusky Swift, Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper, Red-billed Scythebill, Rufous-capped Motmot, Surucua, Black-throated and Blue-crowned Trogons, Araucaria Tit-Spinetail, White-eyed Foliage-gleaner, Black-fronted Piping Guan, Great Rufous Woodcreeper, Blond-crested Woodpecker, Common and Great Potoos, Toco Toucan, Whiterumped and Fulvous Shrike-Tanagers, and many others. In addition to our birding encounters, we had a variety of mammals, including four of Brazil’s ‘Big Five’: Jaguar, Giant Anteater, Lowland Tapir and Giant (River) Otter. This was a superb trip for birders, wildlife enthusiasts and adventurous travelers alike.
  • 2023 [10 October] - Andy Foster

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    ...It was a very productive afternoon with the following species of note being seen; Yellow-legged Thrush, Green-backed Becard, a beautiful male Blond-crested Woodpecker, Green-winged Saltator, Bertoni’s Antbird, Bare-throated Bellbird, Plumbeous Pigeon, Pin-tailed Manakin, Olivaceous Woodcreeper, Black-goggled Tanager, Variable Antshrike, Rufous-capped Spinetail, Golden-crowned Warbler, Serra do Mar Tyrant Manakin, Ochre-faced Tody-Flycatcher, Yelloweared Woodpecker, Lesser Woodcreeper and Plain Antvireo...
  • 2023 [11 November] - Chris Lotz - Iguazú & Pantanal

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    Some of the many highlights of this trip were five Jaguar (two close-up pairs during boat trips and one at night from the lodge), three Giant (River) Otter, good views of a Giant Anteater, playful Lowland (Brazilian) Tapir, the planet’s largest parrot, Hyacinth Macaw and five parakeet species, a day-roosting Great Potoo with its baby, eleven hummingbird species, many of them close-up at a hummingbird garden, Sungrebe, Sunbittern, a great many waterbirds including some charismatic ones like Boat-billed Heron (mini shoebill!), some close-up owls, all five kingfisher species, numerous woodpeckers, Toco Toucan, Red-legged Seriema, closeup Bat Falcon, confiding Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper, Plush-crested Jay, luminously dazzling Orange-backed Troupial, numerous spectacular tanagers, and lots more.
  • 2023 [11 November] - Chris Lotz - Northeast Brazil

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    ...We encountered many Brazilian endemics, a lot of them restricted to tiny parts of north-east Brazil. These included Araripe Manakin, Lear’s Macaw and other parrots, Banded Cotinga, Bahia Tapaculo, Diamantina Tapaculo, Sao Francisco Sparrow, an amazing suite of range-restricted and beautiful antbirds, many localized furnariids, Hooded Visorbearer, Great Xenops, Ceara Gnateater and a host of others too numerous to mention here...
Places to Stay
  • Serra dos Tucanos Lodge - South - East Brazil

    Serra dos Tucanos Lodge, South - East Brazil Situated in the Tres Picos State Park in the heart of the Atlantic rain forest Serra dos Tucanos Lodge nestles in a valley surrounded by pristine forest. English owned and managed we cater specifically for birders and naturalists, providing very comfortable accommodation, great food and most importantly fantastic birding! 400+ species already recorded, 100 of which are endemic! Various trails and guided birding excursions available. Only 1
Other Links
  • Aves de Rapina Brasil - Brazilian Raptors

    Report on the Perobas Biological Reserve. There are rare birds such as the spider-hawk (Spizaetus melanoleucus) and the king vulture (Sarcoramphus papa). These records reveal the great biodiversity that the reef houses, and their great importance for these species, Watch the video above. We thank RPC TV Cultura for publicizing the work and also to the Chico Mendes Institute for field support ...
  • Birds of Brazil

    Birds of Brazil videos
  • Brazilian Birds of Prey - Aves de Rapina Brasil

    Brazilian raptors with good species accounts, videos, and many excellent photos; created and maintained by Willian Menq Santos
  • Ornithos

    Ornithos Website offers Live Cams showing wildlife from South America.,,
  • Rick Simpson Birding

    Former resident and guide in Brazil Rick's site still has a lot of information to offer including the extensive site notes written by FJeremy Mimms.
  • Roda de Passarinho

    Renato Rizzaro and Gabriela Giovanka created the Birdie wheel in 2003, initially at the School of St. Leonard, where is located the Reserve Rio das Furnas, PRNP owned by the couple. Since then they have shown the Birdie wheel in expeditions to the Brazilian biomes.
  • Sounds of Nature

    As we all know Brazil is the country with the greatest biodiversity in the world, and this gives us a responsibility to preserve all the elements that form it, but it is necessary to know all the species, study them and find the best possible ways to protect them.
  • WikiAves

    A Enciclop
  • A Passarinhóloga

    Blog from Brazilian birder and ornithologist
  • Aves de Jaú

    Livres na natureza, presas somente na imagem
  • Birding Brazil

    Reports, reflections, and resources of an independent birder (Derek Kverno) living in Brazil
Photographers & Artists
  • Film - Edson Rosa do Nascimento

    Birds of Brazil videos in HDV
  • Photographer - Arthur Grosset

    Most of my South American photos have been taken in Brazil. As a result, I tend to use the English and Scientific Names as established by the Brazilian Ornithological Records Committee
  • Photographer - Carlos Henrique

    I am a bird photographer, I live in Campinas, S
  • Photographer - Glenn Bartley

    Fantastic photos from Glenn
  • Sound Recordist - Juan Pablo Culasso

    I am Juan Pablo Culasso. I was born in Uruguay in 1986 but six years ago I moved to Brazil. I am blind since birth but this think is not an obstacle to do a great job like the bird recordings. A 73 minutes soundscape showing a range of this damaged Brazilian rain forest. The aim of the work is only to arrive to US$1300 to buy a complete stereo recording system to raise my recordings using a parabola

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