Brazil Birding Tours
Brazil is one of the greatest birdwatching destinations on earth. Its bird list of 1884 species of birds, distributed in 33 orders, 103 families, and 705 genera constitutes almost 60% of the bird species of South America, and its remarkable number of 243 country endemics should put the country in the top-ten bucket list of every birdwatcher and naturalist in the world.
8.5 million square kilometers (about 3.3 million square miles) make Brazil the fifth-largest country in the world. Its most famous metropolis is Rio de Janeiro, evoking pictures of its beautiful beaches like Copacabana Beach observed by the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer at the peak of Corcovado mountain, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World,
Each corner of Brazil is full of birds, and visitors can choose one of the most fabulous trips for all naturalists and birders alike, which includes visiting the Pantanal and the Atlantic forest. The Pantanal provides the unique experience of traveling through the largest wetland in the world. With a density of birds without parallel in the rest of the continent, a week in the Pantanal will give you views of hundreds or even thousands of Jabirus, Wood Storks, and Great Egrets and large numbers of Southern Screamers, Plumbeous Ibises, Buff-necked Ibises, Roseate Spoonbills, Wattled Jacanas, and Limpkins, just to name the most obvious occupants of the Pantanal. Other spectacular birds include Hyacinth Macaw (the largest parrot in the world), Golden-collared Macaw, Agami Heron, Zigzag Heron, Crane Hawk, Helmeted Manakin, Mato Grosso Antbird, Toco Toucan, Black-collared Hawk, Campo Flicker, and Red-legged Seriema. Wildlife is also abundant in the Pantanal and includes the best chances in the world to see the mighty Jaguar along the banks of the Cuiabá River. Giant Otter, Lowland Tapir, Marsh Deer, and even the elusive Giant Anteater are seen by a good number of visitors on our tours.
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The unique Atlantic Forest is one of the most enticing regions of Brazil; ranging from sea level to 3,000 meters (c. 9850 feet), it holds no less than 1,000 species of birds, including a high rate of endemism of strikingly colorful species, and encounters with species like Gilt-edged Tanager, Brassy-breasted Tanager, Brazilian Tanager, Red-necked Tanager, Green-headed Tanager, Saffron Toucanet, Red-breasted Toucan, Blond-crested Woodpecker, Pin-tailed Manakin, Bare-throated Bellbird, Black Jacobin, Saw-billed Hummingbird, Brazilian Laniisoma, Swallow-tailed Cotinga, Three-toed Jacamar, Hooded Berryeater, Black-and-gold Cotinga, Frilled Coquette, Green-headed Plovercrest, Rufous Gnateater, and Slaty Bristlefront will leave you speechless. We will take you to visit all the main birding sites of the Atlantic Forest, including famous Ubatuba and Itatiaia National Parks, Intervales State Park, and REGUA – Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu and other Pico de Caledonia hotspots.
We organize a series of trips in Brazil to target species such as the Critically Endangered (IUCN) Brazilian Merganser in the famous Serra da Canastra National Park and to track down Giant Anteater and Maned Wolf in the vast grasslands of the state of Minas Gerais. Intrepid birders can adventure into the wild region known as Northeast Brazil on an intense birding trip focused on a good selection of specialties such as Lear’s Macaw, Araripe Manakin, Blue-eyed Ground Dove, Hooded Visorbearer, Great Xenops, Pink-legged Graveteiro, Little Wood Rail, and Buff-fronted Owl.
We also can arrange an extension to visit the Iguazú waterfalls at the border of Argentina, where we have amazing views of colonies of Great Dusky Swifts. Our experts, including local guides and Birding Ecotours leaders, will also organize custom trips to track down other sought-after species of mammals such as Northern or Southern Muriqui or Golden Lion Tamarin.