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.
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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. Top Mammals
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 Habitats Covered
humid and semi-deciduous forests, Atlantic Rainforest, Chapada, cloud forest, lowland forest, lowland Atlantic Rainforest, dry forest, scrub, caatinga & cerrado Expected Climate
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 Accommodation
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 Photographic Opportunities
We really appreciated our trip. Our Rockjumper guide, Bobby Wilcox, and the local guides were awesome; always on the lookout for new birds and other animals, even on the long drives. The organization was flawless, the lodges were great and perfectly located. Our triplist and lifers goals were exceeded! The group was great and always well controlled by Bobby. Very well done! Our long sighting of a female jaguar was certainly the peak of this trip !!!
I had the very best time on tour with Stephan. He is an excellent leader and a lovely, kind human being. In terms of his technical ability as a birding leader, his eyesight and hearing skills are excellent, which coupled with his first class fieldcraft and ID skills, meant that we saw/heard over 500 species during our tour. He also gelled well with the local guide Caio , so that in terms of finding, IDing and showing the birds to the group, we were treated to splendid views of our target species plus many many 'bonus birds' too. Stephan was also very patient with group members, some of whom for a variety of personal reasons, were less able to see the birds than the majority of the group-so that wherever possible-every group member who wanted to, had the opportunity to see every bird.
This was a really wonderful trip, so rich in birds, mammals, scenery and food. I really valued the outstanding knowledge all three guides shared with us, their constant awareness of our needs, and their senses of humor. We covered a lot of ground but there was always plenty of time for birding and we were always well fed. I really loved this trip and would recommend it to everyone who wasn't to see plenty of birds.
Amazing trip! Wonderful birds, great accommodations and outstanding guides. Leo is an exceptional guide who is very personable and ensures everyone gets a chance to see even the hard to find birds.
A Fantastic experience!! Considerably better than I had expected. Guides were fantastic!! And the inclusion of local Brazilian guide - Leo - was a real plus. He worked great together with Forrest Rowland, and his knowledge of the country and the vegetation was a real plus. The mammals and other critters were a real plus to the tour. The facilities, driver, and van were also great! Overall, this tour ranks among the top of the 7-8 birding tours I have ever taken, and Rockjumper is certainly a company I would highly recommend to others!!!