Our South Eastern Mega Extension brings us to the southernmost Brazilian states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul. Superb birding in a lovely region infrequently visited by birders. The southernmost tip of the Atlantic Rainforest of the Serra do Mar reaches the north eastern corner of the state with scenic canyons and upland plateaus typically characterised by Araucaria moist forests.
Southwards, the habitat changes into Pampa plains and grasslands with very few trees. The habitat along the coastline consists of distinctive Restinga scrub with nutrient-poor coastal dunes, sandy peninsulas, shallow salt water lagoons and extensive mudflats that are home to numerous resident and migrant bird species. We will bird a variety of different and exciting habitats searching for specialities such as
Marsh (Parana) Antwren; Kaempfer’s Tody-Tyrant; Scaled Chachalaca; Restinga Tyrannulet; Russet-winged Spadebill; Scarlet & Plumbeous Ibis; Striolated Tit-Spinetail; Long-tailed Cinclodes; Freckle-breasted Thornbird; Grey-throated Warbling Finch; Straight-billed Reedhaunter; Saffron-cowled Blackbird; Purple-crowned Plovercrest; Swallow-tailed Cotinga; Chaco Eagle (rare); Chilean Flamingo; Black-necked & Coscoroba Swans; Greater Rhea; Pinnated Bittern; Many-colored Rush Tyrant.
montane Atlantic rainforest, Araucaria forest, plains, grasslands, restinga, coastal dunes, salt & fresh water lagoons, marshes, mudflats
warm to hot and humid, cooler in the higher lying areas
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader and local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking
our Mega tours are very fast-paced birding adventures designed for the dedicated lister and serious birder. The focus of the tour is to see as many of the endemics and area specials as possible in our given time. In order to cover the necessary route to maximise the species list we tend to spend a single night at most sites and travel large distances. There is very little down time aside from that spent driving from one site to the next. These tours are not suitable for dedicated or avid photographers; inexperienced or new birders; as well as anyone with serious mobility or health challenges.
Ease of Birding
fairly easy with some tricky species
good, but limited due to nature of tour