Brazil Birding Tours

 

Brazil, the fifth-largest country in the world, plays host to an impressive array of biodiverse habitats and for this reason is considered a wildlife enthusiast’s paradise. With over 240 endemic bird species, including noisy macaws, comical-looking toucans, and outrageously-colored tanagers, along with such charismatic megafauna as Jaguar, Giant Anteater, and Giant Otter, it will provide the ideal location for your next Neotropical adventure!

The Amazon basin is a marvel of the world and the imagination, an ecosystem of unrivalled size and diversity, and a place of near mythical status among travelers. The Amazon River has more water than the next eight largest rivers combined and its basin is twice the area of India, spanning eight countries! It’s a life spring of the planet, the source of so much of the air, water, and weather we all depend on. On our Amazon tours we hope to find Scarlet and Blue-and-yellow Macaws as well as 40 species of antbirds and 18 species of woodcreepers!

The vast swamps and forest islands of the Pantanal offer a spectacular array of wildlife. At the end of the dry season, large numbers of fish are trapped in drying pools, which results in feeding frenzies, often dominated by the towering Jabiru. The Pantanal is perhaps the best place in the world to observe Jaguar along with Giant Otter, and with luck Lowland Tapir. The birdlife is just as unique and harbors some of the largest populations of the massive Hyacinth Macaw and other interesting species such as Helmeted Manakin, Flavescent Warbler, Scaly-headed Parrot, Golden-collared Macaw, Boat-billed Heron, and the highly sought-after Zigzag Heron.

For something entirely different we will visit the dry savanna of the Cerrado, which supports high levels of endemism. The Brazilian grasslands are the equivalent of the African savannas and here are dominated by Greater Rhea and Red-legged Seriema. Even though this unique habitat is vanishing, the Cerrado still holds avian specialties such as White-eared Puffbird, Red-shouldered Macaw, Swallow-tailed Hummingbird, Yellow-faced Parrot, Rufous-winged Antshrike, Collared Crescentchest, and White-rumped Tanager.

The endemic-rich Atlantic rainforests of south-eastern Brazil will also be explored. We will spend time in a number of Brazil’s famous national parks, where some of the noteworthy species we will target include Crescent-chested Puffbird, Swallow-tailed Cotinga, White Bellbird, Surucua Trogon, Green-headed Tanager, Red-necked Tanager, Red-breasted Toucan, Saffron Toucanet, Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper, Giant Antshrike, Rufous-capped Motmot, and many others birds restricted to this unique habitat.

We also have a tour specifically designed for finding the lanky Maned Wolf and the Critically-Endangered Brazilian Merganser.

Iguazú Falls is also certainly worth a visit. Considered the most spectacular waterfall system in the world, the falls attract large numbers of visitors each year. Here birders will find themselves constantly distracted by the incredibly bird-rich forests surrounding the falls. The falls serve as a breath-taking backdrop to some fantastic forest birding!

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Birding Tour Brazil: The Amazon – Pre-tour to the Best of Brazil September 2019

Birding Tour Brazil: The Amazon – Pre-tour to the Best of Brazil September 2019

October 15, 2018

Birding Tour Brazil: The Best of Brazil – Cerrado, Pantanal, and Atlantic Forest October 2019

Birding Tour Brazil: The Best of Brazil – Cerrado, Pantanal, and Atlantic Forest October 2019

July 6, 2018

Birding Tour Brazil: Southeast Brazil – Atlantic Forest Endemics Paradise October 2019

Birding Tour Brazil: Southeast Brazil – Atlantic Forest Endemics Paradise October 2019

July 6, 2018

Birding Tour Brazil: Cerrado Endemics, Brazilian Merganser, and Maned Wolf November 2019

Birding Tour Brazil: Cerrado Endemics, Brazilian Merganser, and Maned Wolf November 2019

Many people know of the immense Brazilian Amazon with its astonishing biodiversity. But very few people are aware of the cerrado: a fascinating biome of vast grasslands, lightly wooded savannas, and ribbons of gallery forest growing along winding rivers. By birding this spectacular landscape we hope to encounter a large selection of its special avifauna.

Birding Tour Brazil: The Amazon – Pre-tour to the Best of Brazil September 2020

Birding Tour Brazil: The Amazon – Pre-tour to the Best of Brazil September 2020

February 1, 2019

Birding Tour Brazil: The Best of Brazil – Cerrado, Pantanal, and Atlantic Forest September 2020

Birding Tour Brazil: The Best of Brazil – Cerrado, Pantanal, and Atlantic Forest September 2020

February 1, 2019

Birding Tour Brazil: Southeast Brazil – Atlantic Forest Endemics Paradise October 2020

Birding Tour Brazil: Southeast Brazil – Atlantic Forest Endemics Paradise October 2020

February 1, 2019

Birding Tour Brazil: Cerrado Endemics, Brazilian Merganser, and Maned Wolf October 2020

Birding Tour Brazil: Cerrado Endemics, Brazilian Merganser, and Maned Wolf October 2020

Many people know of the immense Brazilian Amazon with its astonishing biodiversity. But very few people are aware of the cerrado: a fascinating biome of vast grasslands, lightly wooded savannas, and ribbons of gallery forest growing along winding rivers. By birding this spectacular landscape we hope to encounter a large selection of its special avifauna.

Birding Tour Brazil: The Best of Brazil – Cerrado, Pantanal, and Atlantic Forest September 2021

Birding Tour Brazil: The Best of Brazil – Cerrado, Pantanal, and Atlantic Forest September 2021

March 14, 2019

Birding Tour Brazil: Southeast Brazil – Atlantic Forest Endemics Paradise October 2021

Birding Tour Brazil: Southeast Brazil – Atlantic Forest Endemics Paradise October 2021

February 2, 2019

Birding Tour Brazil: Cerrado Endemics, Brazilian Merganser, and Maned Wolf October 2021

Birding Tour Brazil: Cerrado Endemics, Brazilian Merganser, and Maned Wolf October 2021

Many people know of the immense Brazilian Amazon with its astonishing biodiversity. But very few people are aware of the cerrado: a fascinating biome of vast grasslands, lightly wooded savannas, and ribbons of gallery forest growing along winding rivers. By birding this spectacular landscape we hope to encounter a large selection of its special avifauna.

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Testimonials from our tours

Dear Chris,
Thank you for your interest in the outcome of our tour. It is not possible to answer you in one note, so I will try to do so in a few ‘to the point’ remarks.
Yes, the trip met all our expectations, and more! We saw and experienced the Cerrado, the Amazon forest, even better than previously at Tambopata, and the Pantanal with its amazing variety and volume of wildlife. For me the sight of a Hyacinth Macaw, which drew me to the Pantanal, already made it worthwhile. Then, of course, come the excellent sightings of the Jaguars and the Otters and then all the birds for which Eduardo made special efforts to find for his goals.
In the Cerrado we stayed in an excellent farm-lodge where we were lucky to experience the sighting of the Maned Wolf and the Burrowing Owl (which was on Elzine’s bucket list), apart from a number of colourful specials like the Motmot and Jacamar.
In the Amazon, we were also very lucky to find another of Elzine’s target species, the Anaconda, and another member of South America’s big five, the Tapir. We had an excellent session of forest birding on one of the towers where we could really appreciate the advantages of our private tour, which, we think, was good value for the additional cost. Together with the Cristalino guide we had the tower for ourselves, and with an excellent guide like Eduardo with us, we experienced a feast of good sightings.
On EDUARDO: It was a pleasure to travel with him again and having him as a guide who showed his expertise even in the presence of other local guides. It is good to hear that he also enjoyed our company.
In summary, we came back as very satisfied customers of Birding Ecotours and wish to thank you and Lynn for the opportunity to experience the Heart of Brazil.

Jacques and Elzine SmutsPretoria South Africa