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
Our Rio Grande do Sul extension brings us to the southernmost state of Brazil, with 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 at two famous National Parks in the eastern part of the state where we will look for specialities such as Araucaria Tit-Spinetail, endangered Red-spectacled Amazon, Spotted Nothura, Black-necked and Coscoroba Swans, Giant Wood Rail, Dot-winged Crake, Chimango Caracara, Long-tailed Cinclodes, Mottled Piculet, Straight-billed Reedhaunter, Hudson’s Canastero, Black-and-white Monjita and Azure Jay to name a few.
Red-spectacled Amazon, Araucaria Tit-Spinetail, Spotted Nothura, Dot-winged and Red-and-white Crake, Giant Wood Rail, Red-legged Seriema, Black-necked and Coscoroba Swan, Ringed, Silver and Speckled Teal, Rosy-billed Pochard, Red-gartered and White-winged Coot, White-tufted and Great Grebe, Chilean Flamingo, Chimango Caracara, Black-and-white Monjita, Azure Jay, Mottled Piculet, Bay-capped Wren-Spinetail, Sulphur-breasted Spinetail, Hudson’s Canastero, Straight-billed Reedhaunter, Chestnut-backed Tanager, Vinaceous-breasted Amazon, Scalloped Woodcreeper, Striolated Tit-Spinetail, Olive Spinetail, Planalto Tapaculo, Grey-throated and Black-and-rufous Warbling Finch, Long-tailed Cinclodes, Brown-and-yellow Marshbird, Saffron-cowled Blackbird, Long-tailed Reed Finch, Black-bellied Seedeater, Correndera Pipit, Austral Negrito, Crested Doradito, Wren-like Rushbird, Many-colored Rush Tyrant.
montane Atlantic rainforest, Araucaria forest, plains, grasslands, restinga, coastal dunes, salt & fresh water lagoons, marshes, mudflats
warm to hot and humid, cooler in the higher lying areas
What our clients say about tours to Brazil
- PH, Serra dos Tucanos 2014
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.SL, Brazil – Manaus
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.EL, Pantanal Cerrado and Amazon Rainforest Ext
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.JC, Brazil – Atlantic Coastal Forest