Our very special highlights tour of NE Brazil showcases one the worlds most renowned endemic hotspots where the selection of rare and endangered species is replicated by few other destinations on the planet. From gorgeous white-sand beaches, to arid, cactus-topped plateaus, and the humid montane slopes in between we will spend just over 2 weeks exploring this beautiful part of Brazil. Our highlights tour visits only the very best locations, that are easily accessible and offer the best birding in the region.
Highlights include acclaimed species such as Lear’s (Indigo) Macaw, Hooded Visorbearer, Pink-legged Graveteiro and the striking Araripe Manakin! We begin in the state of Ceara, visiting Serra de Baturite for the endangered Grey-breasted Parakeet which once numbered less than 250 individuals, Ceara Gnateater and Buff-breasted Tody-Tyrant, before heading to Quixada for the rarely recorded Pygmy Nightjar and White-browed Guan. Chapada do Araripe puts us in position for the recently described Araripe Manakin and other superb species such as White-browed Antpitta and Great Xenops in advance of our visit to Canudos for the Critically Endangered Lear’s Macaw! Our journey then takes us south to one of the best birding sites in Brazil, Chapada Diamantina. Hailed as perhaps the most breathtakingly beautiful of all Brazilian National Parks, it hosts a number of localised endemics including Hooded Visorbearer, the recently described Sincorá Antwren, Grey-backed Tachuri and Diamantina Tapaculo.
The second half of our exciting tour see us heading further south to Boa Nova. Located in the southwest of Bahia state where the Montane Atlantic forests meets Caatinga, this diverse location hosts over 430 bird species. Here we shall search diligently for the highly localised Slender Antbird, Narrow-billed Antwren, Bahia Spinetail, Sriated Softtail and Wied’s Tyrant-Manakin. We then spend a few days in the delightful Serra Bonita Reserve, host to Pink-legged Graveteiro, Plumbeous Antvireo, Bahia Tyrannulet and Crescent-chested Puffbird before we end in the coastal lowlands of Porto Seguro where targets include White-winged Potoo, White-winged Cotinga, Hook-billed Hermit, Bahia Antwren, Ochre-marked Parakeet, Red-browed Amazon and the rare Banded Cotinga.
Hooded Visorbearer, Horned Sungem, Frilled Coquette, Wied's Tyrant-Manakin, White-browed Guan, Harpy Eagle, Mantled Hawk, Lear’s (Indigo) & Blue-winged Macaws, Grey-breasted, White-eared, Ochre-marked, Plain & Cactus (Caatinga) Parakeets, Red-browed Amazon, Gould’s Toucanet, Red-legged Seriema, Spot-winged Wood Quail, Mangrove & Little Wood Rails, East Brazilian Chachalaca, Giant Snipe, Black-capped Screech, Mottled, Spectacled, Tawny-browed & East Brazilian Pygmy Owls, Pygmy, Scissor-tailed, Little & Rufous Nightjars, Ochraceous, Golden-spangled, Spotted & Tawny Piculets, Yellow-throated & Ochre-backed Woodpeckers, Araripe, Band-tailed, Blue-backed, White-bearded, Red-headed, Blue & Kinglet (Eastern Striped) Manakins, Pale-bellied Tyrant-Manakin, Caatinga & Crescent-chested Puffbirds, Buff-breasted, Stripe-necked, Fork-tailed & Hangnest Tody-Tyrants, Rufous-breasted Leaftosser, Lesser Woodcreeper, Diamantina Tapaculo, Black-headed Berryeater, Caatinga, Rufous-winged, Tufted, Silvery-cheeked, Sooretama Slaty, Rufous-capped, White-shouldered (distans subspecies) & Planalto Slaty Antshrikes, Stripe-backed, Slender, Rio de Janeiro, Ferruginous, Ochre-rumped, Scaled & White-bibbed Antbirds, Sincora, Streak-capped, Bahia, Rufous-winged, Band-tailed, Star-throated, Caatinga & Southern White-fringed Antwrens, White-browed Antpitta, Short-tailed & Cryptic Antthrushes, Spot-breasted & Plumbeous Antvireos, Caatinga Cacholote, Ceara & Black-cheeked Gnateaters, Collared Crescentchest, Rufous-sided Pygmy Tyrant, Cinnamon-vented Piha, Bahia & Reiser's Tyrannulets, Velvety-black Tyrant, Grey-backed Tachuri, Buff-throated Purpletuft, Campo Troupial, Pale Baywing, Spix’s (Chicli), Grey-headed, Bahia, Pallid, Ochre-cheeked, Red-shouldered & Sooty-fronted Spinetails, Pink-legged Graveteiro, Great Xenops, Ash-throated Casiornis, Grey-hooded Attila, Pale-browed & Serra Bonita Treehunters, Smoky-fronted Tody-Flycatcher, White-collared Foliage-gleaner, Hook-billed, Scale-throated, Broad-tipped & Margaretta’s Hermits, Raquet-tailed Coquette, Black-bellied Thorntail, Stripe-breasted Starthroat, White-shouldered & White-backed (pernambucensis subspecies) Fire-eyes, Grey-eyed Greenlet, Gilt-edged, Rufous-headed, Golden-chevroned, Azure-shouldered, Brazilian & Scarlet-throated Tanagers, Banded & White-winged Cotingas, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, White-naped Jay, Black-billed Scythebill, Striated Softtail, Sharpbill, Blue & Serra Finches, White-throated Dubois's Seedeaters, Sao Francisco Sparrow, Red-cowled Cardinal.
Brown-throated Sloth, Wied's Black-tufted-ear Marmoset, Blond & Coimbra-filho's Titi Monkeys, Rock Cavy, Striped Hog-nosed Skunk, Crab-eating Fox, South American Coati, Buff-headed Capuchin
humid and semi-deciduous forests, Atlantic Rainforest, Chapada, cloud forest, lowland forest, lowland Atlantic Rainforest, dry forest, scrub, caatinga & cerrado
warm to hot and humid, cooler in the higher lying areas
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking
moderate pace with a few long drives
mostly comfortable, with some rustic locations
Ease of Birding
mostly easy to moderate with some tricky species
Number of Species Expected
>350 with +-80 endemics