Brazil is one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet and a dream destination for birders, general naturalists and photographers alike. Our tour covers the highlights of the threatened Atlantic Forests, seeking out a myriad of remarkable and rare endemic species. Habitats range from high mountains to lowland gallery forest and even an island where Red-tailed Amazons roost! Ubatuba, Intervales, Itatiaia and Volta Velha are among the big name sites that we will explore, with highlight species including Solitary Tinamou, Black-fronted Piping Guan, Surucua Trogon, Saffron Toucanet, Marsh Antwren, Kaempfer’s Tody-Tyrant, Red-necked, Azure-shouldered, Golden-chevroned and Green-headed Tanager, Spot-winged Wood Quail, Spotted Bamboowren, Green-crowned and Purple-crowned Plovercrest, Festive Coquette, Tawny-browed Owl, Long-trained Nightjar, Speckle-breasted and Variegated Antpitta, Itatiaia Spinetail, Black-and-gold and Swallow-tailed Cotingas, Bare-throated Bellbird, Hooded Berryeater, Serra do Mar Tyrannulet, Streamer-tailed Tyrant, Russet-winged Spadebill, as well as gorgeous tanagers, numerous antbirds, antwrens and huge spectacular antshrikes!
Solitary Tinamou, Black-fronted Piping Guan, Dusky-legged Guan, Red-tailed Parrot roost, Maroon-bellied Parakeet, Spot-winged Wood Quail, Mantled Hawk, Red-and-white Crake, Slaty-breasted Wood Rail, Pavonine Cuckoo, Green-crowned & Purple-crowned Plovercrest, Brazilian Ruby, Saw-billed Hermit, Sombre Hummingbird, Festive & Frilled Coquette, Tawny-browed & Rusty-barred Owl, Black-capped Screech Owl, Long-trained Nightjar, Crescent-chested & Buff-bellied Puffbird, Saffron & Spot-billed Toucanet, Green-billed & Toco Toucan, Blond-crested, Helmeted & Robust Woodpecker, Itatiaia Spinetail, Araucaria Tit-spinetail, Sharp-billed Treehunter, White-collared, Black-capped & Ochre-breasted Foliage-gleaner, Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper, White-bearded, Large-tailed, Tufted, Spot-backed & Giant Antshrike, Spot-breasted & Rufous-backed Antvireo, Star-throated & Salvadori’s Antwren, Bertoni’s, Scaled & Squamate Antbird, Cryptic Antthrush, Variegated & Speckle-breasted Antpitta, Black-cheeked & Rufous Gnateater, Slaty Bristlefront, Serra do Mar, Sao Paulo and Bay-ringed Tyrannulet, Fork-tailed, Eye-ringed & Hangnest Tody-tyrant, Russet-winged Spadebill, Atlantic Royal Flycatcher, Streamer-tailed & Shear-tailed Tyrant, Gilt-edged, Brassy-breasted, Red-necked, Green-headed, Diademed & Brazilian Tanager, Black-legged Dacnis, Black-capped Piprites, Pin-tailed & Blue Manakin, Buff-throated Purpletuft, Hooded Berryeater, Black-and-gold & Swallow-tailed Cotinga, Bare-throated Bellbird, Sharpbill.
lowland and montane Atlantic rainforest, old cacao plantations, open grasslands with secondary forest, highland Araucaria forest, high elevation grasslands, coastal restinga, mangroves
warm to hot and humid but much cooler in the higher lying areas
generally easy walking with some longer drives and hikes
What our clients say about tours to Brazil
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 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…
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…
Rob Williams was helpful above and beyond the call by going out of his way to make it an enjoyable tour.
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
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.