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 other 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!