NE Brazil Intro

TOUR OVERVIEW

With an amazing amount of endemic and seriously threatened birds North-East Brazil has become a fantastic area to visit. It’s a vast region with a substantial diversity of habitats to provide for an extremely varied avifauna. Until recently it has been neglected by ornithologists until the recent discovery of many new species to science. Our tour is devoted to seeing many of the regions spectacular endemics and highly sought-after species such as the incredible Araripe Manakin, Lear’s Macaw, Great Xenops, Scarlet-throated Tanager, Slender Antbird, Hooded Visorbearer, Banded Cotinga and Pink-legged Graveteiro. The region is characterised by humid Atlantic rainforests on the coast, and endless rolling hills with dramatic canyons called the Caatinga. The Caatinga is home to a dry thorny forest with areas of more open grassland. It has its own special suite of endemic species that we will enjoy looking for on our many days of spectacular birding. With only 200 birds in the wild it is here that we will find the endangered Lear’s Macaw quietly feeding on palm trees, while Atlantic forest and woodlands at Boa Nova with thick vine tangles and terrestrial bromeliads hold some of South America’s most endangered species. We will also visit the Serra da Diamantina National Park at Lencois to explore some higher elevation habitats before heading back to the coast. A final visit to some mangroves and an area of cerrado will complete our tour of this complex yet fascinating region. Our local guide Ciro Albano has an unsurpassed knowledge of this region and an enviable reputation for success and finding the target species and we are sure this very special tour will meet the highest of expectations.

Friday 10th January - Friday 24th January 

KEY SPECIES

Here are just a few of the key species we will be targetting on this tour:

  • White-browed Guan
  • Little Woodrail
  • Mangrove Rail
  • Giant Snipe
  • Pygmy Nightjar
  • White-winged Potoo
  • Tawny-browed Owl
  • East Brazilian Pygmy-Owl
  • Black-capped Screech-Owl
  • Lear's Macaw
  • Gould's Toucanet
  • Spotted Piculet
  • Ochraceous Piculet
  • Ochre-backed Woodpecker
  • Banded Cotinga
  • White-winged Cotinga
  • Bare-throated Bellbird
  • Black-headed Berryeater
  • White-browed Antpitta
  • Caatinga Antwren
  • Pectoral Antwren
  • Sincora Antwren
  • Slender Antbird
  • White-bibbed Antbird
  • Buff-throated Purpletuft
  • Hook-billed Hermit
  • Hooded Visorbearer
  • Ruby Topaz
  • Frilled Coquette
  • Araripe Manakin
  • Caatinga Cachalote
  • Sharpbill
  • Rufous-brown Solitaire
  • Pale-bellied Tyrant-Manakin
  • Buff-breasted Tody-Tyrant
  • Pink-legged Graveteiro
  • Collared Crescentchest
  • Striated Softail
  • Wied's Tyrant-Manakin
  • Black-billed Scythebill
  • Great Xenops
  • Grey-backed Tachuri
  • Caatinga Cachalote
  • Eastern Striped Manakin
  • Araripe Manakin
  • Diamantina Tapaculo
  • Bicolored Conebill
  • Scarlet-throated Tanager
  • White-naped Jay
  • Buff-throated Pampa-Finch

Leader: Ciro Albano

Ground Price: £3350.00 - Fortaleza/Porto Seguro

Airfare: £750.00 - £1050.00  (Approx) - UK/UK

Single supplement: £425.00

Deposit: £500.00

Group Size: Minimum for tour to go ahead 5 and a maximum of 8.

Included in cost: Accommodation in twin rooms, en-suite, all meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 15, all  transportation within Brazil in Mercedes Vans or Minibuses, all entrance fees, bottled water, and services of the leaders.

Not included: International & Domestic flights (for arrival/departure), insurance, drinks, tips, and items of a personal nature.

Accommodation: Our hotels and lodges vary in quality but all are within easy reach of the areas we wish to bird. Most of the lodges are of a very high standard. 

Tour Code: This is a standard birding tour with all day birding. No particular strenuous walks are planned although some forest trails can be muddy and wet. To see a good amount of endemics and specialities you need to be prepared for full days. We will generally start early and either have an early breakfast or return for breakfast. Lunches will be either picnics or at the lodge depending on our schedule. We can expect all types of weather from warm and hot to cool and rain. Please be prepared for this.