Northeast Brazil is a land of outstanding contrast: from gorgeous white-sand beaches, to arid, cactus-topped plateaus, and the humid montane slopes in between. This region has all the beauty and diversity that any birder could ever hope for. Perhaps what this area is best known for, however, is the stunning array of beautiful endemics that flourish in the diverse habitats of Ceara, Pernambuco, Alagoas and Bahia. With this in mind, our tour explores all the best sites in this fascinating region and offers an impressive bird list that includes Lear’s (Indigo) Macaw, the striking Araripe Manakin and rare White-collared Kite! The immense state of Bahia is perhaps the most diverse in all of Brazil. We begin in the state of Ceara, visiting Serra de Baturite for Grey-breasted Parakeet, 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! The birding continues apace, as we head to Murici Reserve for a plethora of sought after species; the nearly extinct Alagoas Antwren, Scalloped Antbird, incredibly adorned Seven-colored Tanager, Orange-bellied Antwren and Alagoas Tyrannulet. White-collared Kite, Forbes’ Blackbird, Pinto’s Spinetail and Yellow-faced Siskin make up the target species near Tamandare before we head to Estancia for the endangered Fringe-backed Fire-eye. The next featured location is 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.
As our tour draws to a close, we head 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 and Pin-tailed 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, Bahia Antwren, Ochre-marked Parakeet, Red-browed Amazon and the rare Banded Cotinga. There are few tours that can offer 100 endemics in a matter of 21 days, but this tour of North Eastern Brazil can do just that.
Hooded Visorbearer, Horned Sungem, Frilled Coquette, Wied’s Tyrant-Manakin, White-browed Guan, White-collared Kite, Harpy Eagle, White-necked & Mantled Hawks, Lear’s (Indigo) & Blue-winged Macaws, Grey-breasted, Jandaya, Ochre-marked, Plain, White-eared, Golden-capped & Cactus (Caatinga) Parakeets, Red-browed Amazon, Golden-tailed Parrotlet, Gould’s Toucanet, East Brazilian Chachalaca, Pinnated Bittern, Red-legged Seriema, Spot-winged Wood Quail, Mangrove & Little Wood Rails, 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, Yellow-eared & Ochre-backed Woodpeckers, Araripe, Band-tailed, Blue-backed, White-bearded, Red-headed, Blue & Kinglet (Eastern Striped) Manakins, Pale-bellied Tyrant-Manakin, White-winged & Banded Cotingas, Caatinga & Crescent-chested Puffbirds, Buff-breasted, Stripe-necked, Fork-tailed & Hangnest Tody-Tyrants, Rufous-breasted Leaftosser, Lesser & Plain-brown (taunayi subspecies) Woodcreepers, Diamantina Tapaculo, Black-headed Berryeater, Caatinga, Rufous-winged, Tufted, Silvery-cheeked, Sooretama Slaty, Rufous-capped, White-shouldered (distans subspecies) & Planalto Slaty Antshrikes, Willis’s, Stripe-backed, Slender, Rio de Janeiro, Ferruginous, Ochre-rumped, Scaled, White-bibbed & Scalloped Antbirds, Sincora, Streak-capped, Bahia, Rufous-winged, Band-tailed, Caatinga, Pectoral, Alagoas, Orange-bellied, Star-throated & Southern White-fringed Antwrens, White-browed Antpitta, Spot-breasted & Plumbeous Antvireos, Short-tailed & Cryptic Antthrushes, Caatinga Cacholote, Ceara & Black-cheeked Gnateaters, Collared Crescentchest, Eared & Rufous-sided Pygmy Tyrants, Cinnamon-vented Piha, Bahia, Reiser’s, Minas Gerais & Alagoas 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 & Pinto’s Spinetails, Great Xenops, Pink-legged Graveteiro, Pale-browed & Serra Bonita Treehunters, Ash-throated Casiornis, Grey-hooded Attila, Smoky-fronted Tody-Flycatcher, Forbes’s Blackbird, Bearded Bellbird, Pernambuco & White-collared Foliage-gleaners, Hook-billed, Scale-throated, Broad-tipped & Margaretta’s Hermits, Long-tailed Woodnymph, Stripe-breasted Starthroat, Raquet-tailed Coquette, Black-bellied Thorntail, Fringe-backed, White-shouldered & White-backed (pernambucensis subspecies) Fire-eyes, Grey-eyed Greenlet, Gilt-edged, Rufous-headed, Golden-chevroned, Azure-shouldered, Brazilian, Scarlet-throated & Seven-colored Tanagers, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, White-naped Jay, Black-billed Scythebill, Striated Softtail, Sharpbill, Blue & Serra Finches, White-throated & Dubois’s Seedeaters, Sao Francisco Sparrow, Yellow-faced Siskin, 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 and cerrado
warm to hot and humid, cooler in the higher lying areas
quick paced and intense, with regular long drives and mostly single night stays
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.
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…
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.…
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…
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.
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