Overview

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 Ibises, Striolated Tit-Spinetail, Long-tailed Cinclodes, Freckle-breasted Thornbird, Grey-throated Warbling Finch, Straight-billed Reedhaunter, Saffron-cowled Blackbird & Purple-crowned Plovercrest.

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

Tour Facts Top Birds
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.
Habitats Covered
montane Atlantic rainforest, Araucaria forest, plains, grasslands, restinga, coastal dunes, salt & fresh water lagoons, marshes, mudflats
Expected Climate
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.
Accommodation
comfortable
Ease of Birding
fairly easy with some tricky species
Photographic Opportunities
good, but limited due to nature of tour
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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.

Rob Williams was knowledgeable about all kinds of animals, and went out of his way to point out lizards he spotted that I would otherwise have missed. I greatly appreciate that. Some of the best moments on the trip for me included sightings of Jaguars, otters, Crab-eating Fox, agoutis, Guinea Pigs, Capybaras and Tegu Lizards. Iguazú Falls was spectacular.

Rob Williams was helpful above and beyond the call by going out of his way to make it an enjoyable tour.

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.

Rockjumper Birding Tours again handled everything with professionalism. Serra dos Tucanos Lodge and its setting were beautiful. Andy was an expert guide and helped everyone see the birds, and yet he had a great sense of humour so that every outing and checklist session was fun. I also enjoyed hearing him answer questions about other aspects of living in Brazil as we travelled to our hiking spots. Super tour!

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