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.

This page is sponsored by Serra dos Tucanos Birding Tours

Contributors
  • Andrew Whittaker

    Manaus | Andrew@birdingbraziltours.com

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Number of Species
  • Number of bird species: 1803

    (As at May 2019)
Endemics
  • 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

  • Checklist

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Useful Reading

  • A Field Guide to the Birds of Brazil

    by Ber van Perlo | Softcover | 465 pages, 187 col plates, 1791 maps, 5 line illus. | Oxford University Press USA | 2009 | ISBN: 9780195301557 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • 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
  • Birding Brazil - Atlantic Rainforest

    | by Malcolm Rymer | Malcolm Rymer | DVD | All Region | Runtime 120 Minutes | ISBN: #187155 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
  • Wildlife Conservation Society Birds of Brazil, Volume 1

    | (The Pantanal and Cerrado of Central Brazil) | By John A Gwynne, Robert S Ridgely, Guy Tudor & Martha Argel | Comstock Publishing Associates | 2010 | Paperback | 322 pages, 33 colour photos, 663 colour illustrations, 749 colour distribution maps | ISBN: 9780801476464 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
Organisations
  • Biodiversity Foundation

    Website
    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
  • Brazil Atualidades Ornitologicas

    Website
    Welcome to the bird`s world! Brazilian Ornithological Web Site. Mostly in Portuguese but with some English.
  • CEO - Centro de Estudos Ornitol

    Website
    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.
  • Centro Nacional de Pesquisa para Conservacao das Aves Silvestres

    Website
    Birds play an important role in the rural and urban environment: they help control pests that attack plantations and cities; pollinate flowers and spread seeds, aiding in the reproduction of plants; they serve as excellent indicators of the quality of the environments, since they indicate quickly any environmental impact; besides enchanting us with its beauty and its sounds
  • Comitê Brasileiro de Registros Ornitológicos

    Website
    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

    Website
    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

    Website
    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

    Website
    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 ...
Reserves

Abbreviations Key

  • A Wilderness of Water - The Pantanal

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    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

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

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    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


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  • Andean Birding

    Tour Operator
    Andean Birding is a birdwatching tour company providing top bird guides, customized itineraries and logistics for your visit to the Andes, Amazon and Galapagos in Ecuador, as well as Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Mexico. In addition, we conduct bird conservation and ornithological research
  • 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

    Website
    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.
  • Edson Endrigo

    Tour Operator
    The Leader, Edson Endrigo has been guiding birders all over the world during the last two years in Southeastern Brazil and he is prepared to show you the Antbirds, Antvireos, Cotingas, Antthrushes, Antshrikes, manakins, Woodcreepers, Foliage Gleaners and to identify the Flycatchers, Eleanias and Tyrannulets
  • 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 - Birding Services

    Tour Operator
    Carlos Henrique is a guide specialized in birdwatching in Brazilian Southeast and Central-West regions. He is a biologist and works with birds and amphibians. He offers half or full-day guided tours, weekend or by arragements tours can be organized for any number of days to the best birding hot spots. For more information, please contact: Carlos Henrique ornithocarlos@gmail.com Cel.: 55 19 8100 8806.
Trip Reports


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  • **See Individual Brazilian State Pages for more reports….

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  • 2010 [07 July] - Nick Athanas

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    Winter can be a beautiful time to bird Southeast Brazil. There was a bit of rain for the first couple of days before the clouds retreated and we had fantastic clear, balmy days for the rest of the tour, which certainly helped the bird list. We saw over 300 for the first time on this tour, exceeding even the typically more productive spring tours…
  • 2010 [08 August] - Nick Athanas

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    With the incredible diversity of the pristine Amazon forests of Cristalino and the unmatched wildlife spectacle of the Pantanal, combined with a series of great lodges, it is impossible not to have a great time on this tour…
  • 2010 [09 September] - Chuck Bell - Itatiaia, Ubatuba, Guainumbi

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    We arrived in Rio around 8:30 am and cleared formalities quickly. Our driver, Eugenio Souza, was waiting for us. He is a birder and took us immediately to a Burrowing Owl along the airport highway network…
  • 2011 [07 July] - Scott Bowers

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    Two-week trip to Brazil with stops in the Pantanal and the Atlantic Coast near Salvador…
  • 2013 [09 September] - John Rowlett & Andy Foster - Serra dos Tucanos

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    …While these are all Atlantic Forest endemics, we also had some great encounters with more widespread species that knocked our socks off: like the choreographed pas de deux by Streamer-tailed Tyrants and Black-capped Donacobius, the remarkably friendly Red-legged Seriema that responded to a suggestion rather than playback, a most unusual red morph Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, and a pair of downright dangerous Giant Antshrikes….
  • 2013 [10 October] - Marcelo Padua - Pantanal

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    …as well as the Gray-breasted Crake that paraded in the open for us several times. But these were not the only birds that made our visit so rewarding. The usual highlights were all present, with Hyacinth Macaws flying around our lodge every day, Jabirus at every pond, Blaze-winged Parakeets performing above our expectations, and a collection of passerines that are almost exclusive to the pantanal, such as Mato Grosso Antbird, White-lored Spinetail, Fawn-breasted Wren, and Plain Tyrannulet, among others….
  • 2013 [11 November] - Eduardo Patrial - Southeast Brazil

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    …Despite the light rain when we arrived, birds were very active and we had a fantastic afternoon birding the pristine forest here. Good quality and nice endemics were seen – Red-browed Parrot, Blond-crested Woodpecker, White-throated Woodcreeper, Black-headed Berryeater, Red- billed Curassow, White-necked Hawk and the elusive Solitary Tinamou going to roost along some of the side dirt roads in the reserve…
  • 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

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    …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

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    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 [08 August] - Eduardo Patrial - Jaguars & Birds of Brazil

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    ... the impressive Hyacinth Macaw, hundreds of water birds as Jabirus, Woodstorks, Southern Screamers, Sunbitterns and Sungrebes, and even Agami and Zigzag Herons, flocks of Nacunda Nighthawks, the comely Nanday Parakeet, theuncommon White-fronted Woodpecker and a fantastic array of Passerines including Great Rufous Woodcreeper, Black-bellied Antwren, White-eyed Attila, Subtropical Doradito, Red-crested Cardinal, Scarletheaded Blackbird and hundreds more.
  • 2015 [09 September] - Dave Sargeant - South-east Brazil, the Pantanal & Cerrado

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    ...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

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    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

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    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

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    ...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

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    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...
  • 2016 [11 November] - Nick Athanas - Southeast Brazil

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    ...Bare-throated Bellbird – even though it is easily heard, it is often surprisingly hard to see. A few others of note included Hooded Berryeater, Rufous-tailed Attila, Ochre-collared Piculet,Star-throated Antwren, Olivaceous Elaenia, Brown-breasted Pygmy-Tyrant, and Greenish Tyrannulet....
  • 2016 [12 December] - Eduardo Patrial - Southeast Brazil

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    ...Greater Rhea, Solitary Tinamou, Black-fronted Piping Guan, East Brazilian and Scaled Chachalacas, Red-billed Curassow,Scarlet Ibis, White-necked and Mantled Hawks, Harpy Eagle, Black Hawk-Eagle, Grey-bellied and BicoloredHawks, Giant and Slaty-breasted Wood Rails, Rufous-sided, Red-and-white and Uniform Crakes, Blackishand Plumbeous Rails, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, South American Painted-Snipe....
  • 2017 [01 January] - Bret Whitney - Northeast Brazil

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    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....
  • 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 [09 September] - Emma Greenwood

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    Many wildlife enthusiasts travel huge distances to reach this part of the Pantanal just to see this bird. Shy and elusive, they are often in the shadows of the riverbank hidden by foliage, so we were warned that it could be quite a task. Early on, as we were watching a Green-and-Rufous Kingfisher we spotted a juvenile Agami – but this didn’t have the fantastic colours of the adult. We kept up the search, and were lucky to find an adult Agami in a spot which they favour, really an absolutely stunning bird.
  • 2018 [10 October] - Alan Richardson

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    We went out again at 3.30 and did the drive down to the Pouso Alegre Road and then turned north onto the Transpantaneira Road for a few km, then did the night drive on the way back, arriving at about 7.20. We saw lots of birds including White Woodpecker, Black-collared Hawk and Great Horned Owl, and we saw a Giant Anteater making a rapid retreat into the 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] - Eduardo Patrial - Pantanla & Interior Brazil

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    This tour is always a classic and one of nicest tours in the huge Brazil. Three major biomes (Cerrado, Pantanal and Amazon) certainly guarantee lots of good birds and some spectacular mammals, besides the fantastic and scenic places, great food and friendly people, all part of this trip. And this year the Pantanal and Interior Brazil tour with a massive list of 621 species recorded, plus 27 mammals.
  • 2018 [12 December] - Eduardo Patrial - Southeast Brazil

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    ... to mention some nice Cracidae as Red-billed Curassow, Black-fronted Piping Guan and East Brazilian and Scaled Chachalacas; a great time with the night birding – Tawny-browed, Mottled and Rustybarred Owls, Tropical, Long-tufted and Black-capped Screech Owls, the rare White-winged Potoo, Longtrained and Sickle-winged Nightjars; a fine selection of hummingbirds with Saw-billed, Scale-throated, Duskythroated and Minute Hermits, the amazing Frilled and Festive Coquettes..
  • 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 - 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.
Places to Stay


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  • Serra dos Tucanos Lodge - South - East Brazil

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    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
  • Atualidades ornitologicas

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    Bem-vindo ao mundo das aves! Welcome to the bird's world! Brazilian Ornithological Web Site
  • Aves de Rapina Brasil - Brazilian Raptors

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    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

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

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    Brazilian raptors with good species accounts, videos, and many excellent photos; created and maintained by Willian Menq Santos
  • Land Birds of Southeast Brazil

    Website
    On line fieldguide to the Land Birds of Southeast Brazil
  • Ornithos

    Website
    Ornithos Website offers Live Cams showing wildlife from South America.,,
  • Ornitologia no Brasil

    Webpage
    There is still a long way to go before we can say that we know Brazilian birds as well as is necessary to ensure their conservation and survival, and to ensure that they are still there when our great-grandchildren are born.
  • Rick Simpson Birding

    Website
    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

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    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

    Webpage
    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

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    A Enciclop
Blogs
  • A Passarinhóloga

    BLOG
    Blog from Brazilian birder and ornithologist
  • Aves de Jaú

    BLOG
    Livres na natureza, presas somente na imagem
  • Birding Brazil

    BLOG
    Reports, reflections, and resources of an independent birder (Derek Kverno) living in Brazil
Photographers & Artists
  • Adrian Braidotti - Aves de Brasil

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    Fotografias de Aves - Bird Photographs from Brasil
  • Artist - Tomas Sigrist - Avis Brasilis

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    Twenty years ago, when I started to study the neotropical birds, I was excited about the discovery of nature and about the challenges of the work I had in mind. So, I decided to travel to places inside the country, trying to observe as much species as possible. That period of learning helped me a lot to know the birds and gave me some worry about their future. In a short time I understood it was impossible for me to capture the simple essence of the complex structure of a bird in a drawing
  • Film - Edson Rosa do Nascimento

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    Birds of Brazil videos in HDV
  • Photographer - Arthur Grosset

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    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

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

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    Fantastic photos from Glenn
  • Photography - Surucuá

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    Photos of brazilian birds
  • Sound Recordist - Juan Pablo Culasso

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    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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