Overview

Our very comprehensive, 18 day Paraguay birding & wildlife tour takes in all of Paraguay’s diverse habitats, ranging from Humid Chaco, Dry Chaco and Cerrado to the endemic and species-rich Atlantic Forest. High on our priority list are the “Chaco Big 6” - Quebracho Crested Tinamou, Chaco Owl, Crested Gallito, Black-bodied Woodpecker, Black-legged Seriema and Spot-winged Falconet, with other outstanding species including the globally endangered White-winged Nightjar, Helmeted Woodpecker, Strange-tailed and Cock-tailed Tyrants, plus a plethora of scarce seedeaters. Not only a great introduction to Neotropical birding, this tour also offers the best opportunity to clear up all those dips and difficult species from northern Argentina, southern Brazil and Bolivia. Aside from the multitude of birds, the mammal populations are staggering, with no less than 8 species of cat including Puma and Jaguar, all three South American peccaries, Lowland Tapir, Maned Wolf and a horde of deer, armadillos, monkeys and rodents.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Brushland & Quebracho Crested Tinamou, Lesser & Chacho Nothura, Chaco Chachalaca, Black-fronted Piping Guan, Black-capped Screech Owl, Rusty-barred, Chaco & Black-banded Owl, Little, White-winged, Scissor-tailed, Rufous & Silky-tailed Nightjar, Ocellated Poorwill, Great Dusky Swift, Buff-bellied Hermit, Surucua Trogon, Rufous-capped Motmot, Saffron & Spot-billed Toucanet, Green-billed & Toco Toucan, White-fronted, Blond-crested, Helmeted, Black-bodied, Robust & Cream-backed Woodpecker, Spot-winged Falconet, Maroon-bellied Parakeet, Pileated & Scaly-headed Parrot, Turquoise-fronted & Vinaceous-breasted Amazon, Chaco Earthcreeper, Crested Hornero, Short-billed Canastero, Lark-like Brushrunner, Brown Cacholote, Scimitar-billed & Great Rufous Woodcreeper, Red-billed Scythebill, Spot-backed, Tufted, Great & Rufous-winged Antshrike, Stripe-backed Anbird, Rusty-backed Antwren, White-shouldered Fire-eye, Short-tailed Antthrush, Crested Gallito, Collared & Olive-crowned Crescentchest, Suiriri Flycatcher, Bearded Tachuri, Dinelli’s & Crested Doradito, Tawny-crowned Pygmy Tyrant, Plain Inezia, Sharp-tailed Grass Tyrant, Russet-winged Spadebill, Cinereous Tyrant, White-rumped Monjita, White-headed Marsh Tyrant, Cock-tailed & Strange-tailed Tyrant, Sibilant Sirystes, Bare-throated Bellbird, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Helmeted Manakin, Sharpbill, Curl-crested & Plush-crested Jay, Creamy-bellied Gnatcatcher, Ochre-breasted Pipit, Chestnut-bellied Euphonia, Blue-naped Chlorophonia, White-rimmed Warbler, Red-rumped Cacique, Orange-backed Troupial, Saffron-cowled Blackbird, Stripe-capped Sparrow, Yellow-billed Cardinal, White-rumped, Black-goggled, White-lined, Shrike-like, Green-headed & Burnished-buff Tanager, Many-colored Chaco Finch, Black-masked Finch, Red Pileated Finch, Long-tailed Reed Finch, Black-capped Warbling Finch, Wedge-tailed & Lesser Grass Finch, Pampa Finch, Buffy-fronted, Temminck’s, Plumbeous, Rusty-collared, White-bellied, Copper, Tawny-bellied, Rufous-rumped, Dark-throated, Marsh & Chestnut Seedeater, Black-backed Grosbeak, Black-throated Saltator
Top Mammals
Cougar, Jaguar, Little Spotted & Geoffroy’s Cat, Jaguarundi, Crab-eating Fox, Maned Wolf, Lowland Tapir, Chaco Peccary, Marsh Deer, Grey Brocket, Azara's Night Monkey, Chacoan Titi Monkey, Plains Viscacha, Capybara, Azara's Agouti
Habitats Covered
humid chaco, dry chaco, cerrado, atlantic forest, wetlands, grassland, ephemeral pans
Expected Climate
very hot, alternating between the dry Chaco and humid Atlantic Forest
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking
mostly relaxed with some long drives. Frequent night drives and walks
Accommodation
comfortable to rustic
Ease of Birding
mosatly moderate, some tricky species
Number of Species Expected
350 - 370
Other Attractions
Salto del Monday, Yacyretá Dam
Photographic Opportunities
very good
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials
LM

Rockjumper's office staff continue with their excellent high level of client services. Prompt, concise and courteous replies are a trade-mark of the Rockjumper staff.

CJ

The B&BG Tour was the trip of a lifetime for me. Rockjumper did everything just right. The birds and animals, the accommodations, and especially Wayne were all top notch. Although Wayne is relatively new to Rockjumper, he is definitely a keeper – personable, a keen observer, and a natural leader. He really made the tour more than “just another birding trip”. This is certainly a tour that I would enthusiastically recommend to anyone, although I am seriously considering South Africa next. Alison was wonderfully helpful, especially for finding a U.S. travel agent who booked affordable and reliable airline tickets for me.

B

André in particular went out of his way to make sure our stay was as wonderful as it could be. Andre is also a great guide, with the ability to spot just about everything that moves, even if the movement is only breathing.

M

I am not a twitcher or even a knowledgeable birdwatcher, but I am always keen to see new things. Our ranger André had a huge knowledge of birds. He shared this and more about all the flora and fauna that we came across. He explained about insects and trees as we passed them and didn't fail to answer a question.

K

Andre, our guide, has such an infectious nature, which had a huge positive effect on our stay. His incredible knowledge of birds was indeed humbling. A birder's paradise and a guide passionate about birds and nature - what more could one ask for?

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
2023 DEPARTURES
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