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Serra dos Tucanos Lodge South-East Brazil

  • Situated in the heart of the Atlantic rain forest, Serra dos Tucanos Lodge provides very comfortable accommodation together with excellent birding and photographic opportunities. We have a number of trails within the grounds and surrounding forest and offer guided birding excursions to other habitats. To date we have recorded over 400 species of bird, 100 of which are endemic! For further information please visit our website.

Vale das Taquaras Lodge Atlantic Forest Brazil

  • Located in the Atlantic Forest near Nova Friburgo, three hours from Rio de Janeiro.  Our speciality is high altitude birds with 251 species recorded so far.  The Lodge is well equipped, has luxurious rooms and guests enjoy delicious home cooking.  We have some of the best hummingbird feeders in the region, providing excellent photographic opportunities.  Visit our website

"Swallows and Amazons - The Birdwatcher "

  • An independently operated, professional river and jungle tour company run by the husband and wife team Tania and Mark Aitchison based in Manaus, Brazil......Imagine sailing down the Amazon with birds flitting in the trees all around you....

Brazil, The Amazon and Pantanal 7th - 23rd October 2013

  • Seeing 26 antwrens, antshrikes and antbirds was a highlight of this trip. Birds within the family Thamnophilidae formed 9.3% of the total birds seen compared to 7.4% seen in July 2013 on tour to the Amazon and the Pantanal by Athanas 2013....Robert and Angela Page report

Brazil, Vale das Taquaras, 17th-27th October 2010

  • During our visit to Vale das Taquaras we saw 121 species of birds including 16 Brazilian endemics...Robert and Angela Page report

South Brazil November 2010

  • This report covers a 10-day birding trip starting in Rio de Janeiro and ending in Porto Alegre , Brazil. The focus of the trip was to see approximately 40 birds that are either endemic to Brazil or range-limited to Brazil and adjacent border regions of Argentina and/or Uruguay....Marlene and Gary Babic report.

South-east Brazil February 11-27, 2010

  • This was a three-week birding trip that covered several sites around the Rio de Janeiro area. The goal was to focus on the endemics and specialties of the region...Marlene and Gary Babic report.

South-eastern Brazil December 9th - January 18th 2010

  • The aim was to see as many South East Brazilian specialties as possible, basically by following the BirdQuest itinerary. Phil had never been in Southeastern Brazil, Jan Hein had never been in Brazil at all, so they were ready for a tickfest anyway...Jan Hein van Steenis reports.

Northeast Brazil 13 August-5 September 2009

  • More and more birders visit this remote corner of Brazil, which harbours over 100 Brazilian endemics, representing more than a half of Brazil’s endemic species...Henk Hendricks reports.

Brazil: Atlantic Rainforest and Pantanal, Sept 6th-Oct 12th 2009

  • This 5 week trip was intended primarily for birdwatching but we were also keen to see mammals. It was a relaxed itinerary – we spent longer at most locations than many people do and this turned out to be very handy when we had bad weather...Rosemary Royle reports.

Brazil Cerrado Pantinal and the Amazon, July-August 2009.... .pdf Format (1.3Mb), Francine Brondex and Pierre Commenville report.

Brazil ~ Atlantic Rainforest 31stJuly - 11th August 2009

  • Stepping out onto the verandah at dawn, the bird activity was so overwhelming, that we didn’t know which way to look first. The sugar feeders under the eaves were buzzing with numerous frenetic Sombre Hummingbirds....Chris Hall reports.

North-east Brazil February 12-March 11, 2009

  • The most important comment to make about this trip is that the birding was fantastic. In 27 days we saw 475 species, and nearly every one very well. Of these, 98 were Brazilian endemics, many found only in Northeast Brazil.....Marlene and Gary Babic report.

Northeast Brazil November 2008

  • The far north-eastern edge of South America harbours one of the most poorly known avifaunas in the Neotropics. This remote corner of Brazil was until recently a seldom-visited part of the country, but birders are nowadays drawn from far and wide with the discovery of many new species, not least of these being the superb recently described Araripe Manakin...Jan Vermeulen reports.

Brazil, Parque do Zizo 18th October-23rd November 2008

  • Parque do Zizo is an amazing place to see birds in the Atlantic rainforest. This report describes a visit my wife and I made to this private reserve, situated in the South East Atlantic rainforest approximately 200 km / 124 miles south west of São Paulo...Robert and Angela Page report.

Atlantic Forest, Rio de Janeiro State, south-east Brazil, REGUA, Vale das Taquaras...10 to 22 October 2007

  • After spending a few months in 2006 working as volunteers at Reserva Ecologica de Guapi Assu (REGUA) in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, we decided to return there this year on a birding trip, but this time at the beginning of the austral summer...Lee Dingain reports.

Pygmy Nightjar

North East Brazil (Baturite, Araripe, Jeremoaba and Murici) 7th June-16th June 2007

  • We saw around 250 species including many of the important endemics, Lears Macaw, Grey-breasted, Caatinga and Jandaya Parakeets, Araripe Manakin, Great Xenops, Alagoas Antwren, Seven-coloured Tanager Alagoas Tyrannulet, and many others...Graeme Wallace reports
Swallow-tailed Cotinga

South East Brazil April 1st - April 21st, 2007

  • We saw 255 species, some of the highlights being Buff-throated Purpletuft, Fork-tailed Pygmy Tyrant, Hooded Berryeater, Three-toed Jacamar, Helmeted and Pin-tailed Manakins...Richard Rae reports

Pantanal February 21-23, 2008

  • The Pantanal is the largest Wetland of the World. Having two very  distinct Seasons.....we hope this report will give a better picture of how is like to bird at the Pantanal during the Rainy Season...Paulo Boute reports.

Atlantic Forest Bird list (pdf) - Courtesy of Paulo Boute
Mato Grosso Bird list (pdf)- Courtesy of Paulo Boute

Mato Grosso, Brazil October/November 2006

  • The outstanding highlight of the entire trip for me was undoubtedly the Dark-winged Trumpeter watched very closely in the forest in Alta Floresta. My ten best birds of the trip? Zigzag Heron, White-browed Hawk, Crested Eagle....Jan Vermeulen reports

Fazenda Rio Negro in the Pantanal August 2006 - report of a two day trip by Tony Payne.

Burnished-buff Tanager by Lee Dingain

Reserva Ecologica de Guapi Assu, Atlantic Forest, South-east Brazil 17 May to 1 August 2006

  • In 2006...I spent eight months travelling around South America....and worked for 11 weeks as volunteers at Reserva Ecologica de Guapi Assu (REGUA) - a nature reserve in the Atlantic Forest in Rio de Janeiro state, south-east Brazil...Lee Dingain reports

Cristalino Jungle Lodge, Matto Grosso, Brazil 2005 and 2006 

  • Between July and September 2005 I had the good fortune to spend two months as a Volunteer Guide at Cristalino Jungle Lodge in the southern Amazon. I subsequently returned between October and November 2006 to fill a gap in the volunteer programme.  This Trip Report briefly summarises my experiences including sightings of Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo.....Graeme Wallace reports. Sign online petition to save the Cristalino Forest

Brazil - Atlantic Rain Forest November 2005

  • On arrival at Rio de Janiero 5 hours late we were picked up by our taxi driver & driven  approximately 100 Kms to the lodge. One of my main memories of Rio was the large numbers of Magnificent Frigatebirds wheeling around. It took about 2hrs to get to Serra dos Tucanos....Chris Padley reports.

  • We are an NGO involved with wildlife preservation and research.have a reserve in the interior of Piaui state with a rich bird population.  We are not a tour organisation, but have accomodation for casual ecotourists, keen birdwatchers and researchers.

SE Brazil and Pantanal Aug 27-Sept 31, 2005

  • Best time to visit Southeastern Brazil is between September and November. This is the austral spring, so more birds are calling. Best time to visit the Pantanal is in the dry period, roughly from May to October....Remco Hoffland reports

South-east Brazil 25/09 to 30/10 2005

  • If we consider the length of our stay we didn’t see too many species with a total of 394; but....we decided to take our time and enjoy the places that we liked; anyway we are very satisfied with 63 endemics, particularly the Antwrens and Antbirds, and 152 lifers..Noëlle and Hervé Jacob report.

Brazil 2 - 31 July 2005

  • Bird activity was even higher and we noted nearly 80 species. Most remarkable amongst them were Brown Tinamou (HO), Mantled Hawk, Dusky-legged Guan, Picazuro Pigeon, Least Pygmy-Owl....Peter Collaerts reports

North-east Brazil April 2004 & May 2005

  • As always, the goal of my trips to the NE was to see as many species as possible, especially the 63+ endemics to NE Brazil. It is impossible to cover whole endemic-packed Northeast in 2 weeks, so in 2004 I only birded Bahia state. In 2005 I birded coastal Pernambuco, Alagoas, Paraiba, Rio Grande do Norte...big report with maps by Eduard Sangster.

Natal, Rio Grande do Norte (province), Brazil December 2004

  • My wife and I spent two weeks - Dec. 6 - 20 - at Ponta Negra, Brazil.  It was never meant to be a birding trip, and it wasnt, but I took time many early mornings as well as some afternoons to "explore" the outskirts of the town, other days I just walked south from our hotel to some trees and gardens and every time I saw some "new" birds....Jan Landsverk reports 
Yellow-billed Blue Finch

Brazil, ( Pantanal, Rio Cristalino, Atlantic forests and Espirito Santo)
18 October – 30 November 2004

  • Having only visited South America once, there were several endemic South American families that we had not encountered. We therefore planned an extended trip to Brazil that would offer the chance of 5 new families, a host of  species and some of the rarest and most beautiful birds on the planet...Graeme Wallace reports.

Brazil 2nd September- 27th September 04

  • In the afternoon birded hotel grounds, where Dusky-legged Guan are common, and Cliff Flycatcher nest on the window ledges of the hotel. Some of the other birds in the garden were, Golden-hevroned, Palm, Sayaca, and Swallow Tanager, Chestnut-bellied, Pale-breasted and Yellow-legged Thrush.....Trev Feltham reports.

Hyacinth Macaw

South-east Brazil, Minais Gerais and Mato Grosso 24-07 to 12-08-2004

  • It was our first visit to this huge country and our main goal was to observe a large percentage of the atlantic forest endemics in the area between São Paulo and Rio, to visit Canastra NP to find the Brazilian Merganser and the Pantanal region for the spectacular Hyacinth Macaw...Henk Hendriks reports

Snethlage’s Gnateater

Cristalino Jungle Lodge and Alta Floresta, Brazil
April - June 2004

  • Most birders who come to Cristalino spend far too little time there - usually a week or less - and only see a small fraction of the birds present. Whilst the cost of staying a few extra days may seem prohibitive, the rewards are well worth considering.... The 50m-tall tower is higher than any of the nearby trees and offers fantastic opportunities to see canopy birds well...Frank Lambert and Joe Tobias report

A Birding Guide to North-east Brazil April 2004

  • As always, the goal of this trip was to see as many species as possible, especially the 63+ endemics to NE Brazil. It is impossible to cover whole endemic-packed Northeast in 2 weeks, so I only birded Bahia state.....Lots of information and good maps.....Eduard Sangster reports

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Some Useful bird books for Brazil:
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A Field Guide to the Birds of Brazil
Ber van Perlo: Buy from or

  • This is by far the best field guide for Brazil at present and there has been a lot of work gone into it.
    There are a lot of positives about this book and it will be very useful for those who visit Brazil.

Birds of Northern South America: An Identification Guide: v. 2 (Plates and Maps)
Cemencia Rodner et al: Buy from or

  • The most important book to be published about South American birds for years. It features ALL the 2308 bird species of Ecuador, Columbia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana and Trinidad & Tobago plus their ranges were they overlap into the Amazon Basin, thus becoming one of the few guides that illustrates many of the birds of Northern Brazil. This volume features all the illustrations (including known sub-species) and maps. (656 pages)

Birds of Northern South America: An Identification Guide: v. 1 (Species accounts)
Cemencia Rodner et al: Buy from or

  • The sister volume to the above fieldguide featuring the species accounts for all the birds. (880 pages)

Illustrated Checklist: Birds of Southern South America and Antarctica
Martin de la Pena: Buy from or

  • This field guide illustrates and describes 1140 species of bird found in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, southern Brazil and Uruguay. The text details what kind of habitat the birds are found in, key identification features and notes on the songs and calls of each species.

A Parrot Without a Name : The Search for the Last Unknown Birds on Earth
Don Stap: Buy from or

  • The visceral details of collecting specimens of tropical birds and the gruelling politics of bringing such an expedition to Peru make for intense reading. An avid birder, Stap managed to hook up with LSU ornithologists John O'Neill and the late Ted Parker. Through the dense canopy he followed the crew and documented their trials and triumphs. Most notably a new species of parrot was found.

Birds of Venezuela
Steven Hilty: Buy from or

  • This book will surely become the definitive guide to Venezuela, with over 1300 species illustrated and expertly described. Accurate range maps are complemented by detailed notes on identification, similar species, voice, behavior, status and habitat. A comprehensive introduction includes a photographic guide to the main habitat types plus sections on migration and National Parks.

A Guide to the Birds and Mammals of Coastal Patagonia Graham Harris: Buy from or

  • This is a guidebook to the birds and mammals of the coastal region of Patagonia, an area at the southern tip of South America. It describes the 185 species of birds and 61 species of mammals known to inhabit the land and sea along 2000 miles of the Patagonian coast, from Peninsula Valdes to the Strait of Magellan. It contains information on identifying all the birds and mammals of the region, as well as details of the natural history of some of the more common species.

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Lonely Planet : Brazil
Mitchell Schoen, William Herzberg: Buy from or

  • From the stunning splendour of Iguaçu Falls to the mysteries of the Amazon River to the wild debauchery of Carnaval and the cosmopolitan streets of São Paulo City, Lonely Planet's Brazil will help you navigate this vast country in the style that suits you, from low-budget to no-budget. Highlights include extensive coverage of parks and festivals, well-researched sections on ecology and environment, a Portuguese language chapter, and a special feature on Carnaval.

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