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THE PANTANAL & INTERIOR BRAZIL

Sunday 7th September - Saturday 27th September 2014

Eduardo Patrial

Crimson-bellied Parakeet (Eduardo Patrial)

Crimson-bellied Parakeet (Eduardo Patrial)

In short, the Pantanal and Interior Brazil tour (the full trip) is already amazing by itself once based on three vast biomes in Brazil, nothing less than the impressive Pantanal; the Cerrado (Brazilian central savannah) of three distinct mountain ranges; and a sublime dose of the great Amazon. For this, two large Brazilian states are mandatorily required: Minas Gerais and the huge Mato Grosso. But this year the Pantanal and Interior Brazil definitely had an extra taste after all quality and numbers. We recorded approximately 515 species of birds. From that, over twenty are Brazilian endemics and twenty four are write-ins. It was certainly memorable our time birding fascinating landscapes on this trip. Starting by Minas Gerais and its enchanting mountains of Serra da Canastra and Serra do Cipó, two distinct ranges where grasslands and rocky fields are supreme. Later then followed by the impressive wildlife kingdom from the Pantanal of Mato Grosso and all the beauty from the Cerrado and forest habitats at Chapada dos Guimarães. The renowned Cristalino Lodge in the southern Brazilian Amazon (northern Mato Grosso) finished up the tour extension masterfully. Best remembrances certainly go to Grey and Tataupa Tinamous, Brazilian Merganser, Bare-faced and Razor-billed Curassows, Agami and Zigzag Herons, Harpy Eagle, Red-legged Seriema, Pheasant and Pavonine Cuckoos, the phenomenal Scaled Ground Cuckoo first time seen on a BIRDQUEST trip, Sickle-winged Nightjar, Tapajos Hermit, Hyacinth Visorbearer, Horned Sungem, Crimson Topaz, Black-bellied Thorntail, Blue-necked and Bronzy Jacamars, Caatinga and Spotted Puffbirds, Rufous-capped Nunlet, Black-girdled Barbet, Curl-crested and Red-necked Aracaris, Checkered, White-fronted and Pale-crested Woodpeckers, Cryptic Forest Falcon, Hyacinth Macaw, Golden-capped, Blue-crowned and Crimson-bellied Parakeets, Orange-cheeked and Red-fan Parrots, Kawall’s Amazon, Campo Miner, Chotoy, and Chestnut-throated Spinetails, Cipo Canastero, Pointe-tailed Palmcreeper, Henna-capped and Bamboo Foliage-Gleaners, Great Rufous Woodcreeper, Glossy Antshrike, Black-bellied Antwren, Bare-eyed Antbird, Alta Floresta Antpitta, Chestnut-belted Gnateater, Brasilia Tapaculo, Collared Crescentchest, Grey-backed Tachuri, Sharp-tailed and Cock-tailed Tyrant, White-eyed Attila, Southern Antpipit, Helmeted, Band-tailed, Fiery-capped and Flame-crested Manakins, Pompadour Cotinga, White-napped Xenopsaris, Ochre-breasted Pipit, White-striped Warbler, Blue Finch, Cinereous Warbling Finch, Gilt-edged Tanager, Red-billed Pied-Tanager, Yellow-shouldered Grosbeak and hundreds more.

Coal-crested Finch (Eduardo Patrial)

Coal-crested Finch (Eduardo Patrial)