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.
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.
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
humid and semi-deciduous forests, Atlantic Rainforest, Chapada, cloud forest, lowland forest, lowland Atlantic Rainforest, dry forest, scrub, caatinga & cerrado
warm to hot and humid, cooler in the higher lying areas
moderate pace with a few long drives
What our clients say about tours to Brazil
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.
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…
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! – PH
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…
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.…