Overview

Never heard of Tocantins? How about Goias? Few people realize that the capital of Brazil is not Sao Paulo, nor is it Rio de Janeiro. This tour kicks off in the actual capital of Brazil, Brasilia, established in 1960. It seems impossible that a country explored more than 500 years ago only just declared its capitol 50 years back, but Brazil’s history is as mysterious and interesting as its birdlife. The latter is our focus of this tour, as we travel north from the capitol of this vast country in search of the countless endemics of this staggeringly diverse region. Ranging from isolated mountain ranges amidst cerrado savanna on the central plateau, west to the only recently discovered Araguaia River plain and Bananal Island, into the vast rainforests of the eastern Amazon, this tour is among the most exciting pioneer tours on offer. This unique expedition offers a truly rural, though very comfortable, Brazilian experience headlined by some of the rarest species in the World including Horned Sungem, Ocellated Crake, Buff-fronted Owl, Golden, Pfrimer’s and Pearly Parakeets, Maranhao Hermit, Bananal and Manu Antbirds, Araguaia River Spinetail, Crimson-fronted (Araguaia) Cardinal, the amazing Kaempfer’s Woodpecker, Dark-winged Trumpeter, Harpy Eagle, Dot-eared Coquette, Fiery-tailed Awlbill, White-tailed Cotinga, Black-bellied and Hooded Gnateaters, Red-and-black Grosbeak, and so many more!

2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Horned Sungem, Pfrimer’s Parakeet, Kaempfer’s Woodpecker, Maranhao Hermit, Bananal & Manu Antbirds, Araguaia River Spinetail, Crimson-fronted (Araguaia) Cardinal, Pearly Parakeet, Harpy Eagle, Brasilia Tapaculo, Jandaya, Golden-winged, Santarem Parakeets, Planalto Slaty Antshrike, Sao Francisco (Caatinga) Black Tyrant, Ultramarine Grosbeak, Collared Crescentchest, Blue Finch, Dark-winged Trumpeter, Fiery-tailed Awlbill, Black-bellied Thorntail, Dot-eared Coquette, Hyacinth, Red-bellied, Scarlet, Red-and-Green & Chestnut-fronted Macaws, Variegated, Snethlage’s & Amazonian Antpittas, Caatinga, SPotted, Pied, Collared, Rufous-necked & Eastern Striolated Puffbirds, Checkered, Yellow-tufted, White-throated, Green-barred, Waved & Chestnut Woodpeckers, Sharpbill, Guianan Red Cotinga, Purple-breasted, Spangled & White-tailed Cotingas, White & Bearded Bellbirds, Fiery-capped, Helmeted, Blue-backed & Opal-crowned Manakins, Blue-cheeked & Great Jacamars, Para Gnatcatcher, Striped Owl, Stygian Owl, Buff-fronted Owl, Barred, Cryptic & Slaty-backed Forest Falcons, Natterer’s Slaty, Spot-winged, Plain-winged, White-shouldered and Cinereous Antshrikes, Plain-throated, White-eyed, Ornate, Pygmy, Long-winged, Grey and Rufous-winged Antwrens, Spix’s Warbling Antbird, Banded, Blackish, Grey, Black-faced, Rufous-faced, Wing-banded, Spot-backed and Xingu Scale-backed Antbirds, Black-spotted Bare-eye, Black-bellied & Chestnut-belted Gnateaters, Spot-throated, Long-tailed, Cinnamon-throated, Black-banded, Brigida’s, Carajas, Elegant, Spix’s & Layard’s Woodcreepers, Peruvian Recurvebill, Rufous-rumped, Rufous-tailed, Cinnamon-rumped & Para Foliage-gleaners
Habitats Covered
high savannah, cerrado, altiplano, gallery forest, dry forest, caatinga, Amazonia, flood plain, hilltop primary forest, short-stand terra firme
Expected Climate
hot and humid. Sunny periods are interspersed with overcast cloud and fairly regular rain fall.
Max Group Size
6 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking
fairly fast paced with some long drives and long days in the field
Accommodation
comfortable to good, some basic
Ease of Birding
moderate with a number of tricky species and many cryptic species
Photographic Opportunities
good
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

A fantastic inaugural tour of the Manaus area. As usual, rainforest birding presented its challenges, especially all those skulkers, the names of which invariably begin with ant-! However, our brilliant leader, Forrest Rowland, and his equally brilliant offsider and local guide, Brad, showed endless patience trying to get everyone to see as many species as possible - with almost 500 spp seen in 17 days! We visited a variety of habitats in addition to terra firme forest, including varzea, campinarana and riverine islands, each with a different suite of birds. The trip went off without a hitch with efficient van and boat transport, comfortable accommodation and delicious local food.

Rich Lindie was excellent and very helpful.  His knowledge of the birds & wildlife of Brazil was phenomenal; in addition he told us much about other areas of the world. [W]e had a great time.

Andy Foster was one of the best bird guides I've ever had. His knowledge of the birds is extensive, and his skills in finding them and getting his group onto them are excellent. Couple this with seemingly inexhaustible energy and unfailing good humour, and you have a close to ideal bird guide.

The trip was excellent, and there is no praise too high for Stephan Lorenz!

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.

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