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Sunday 4th October - Saturday 24th October 2015
This 2015 Pantanal and Interior Brazil can be easily defined as a very successful tour. From the beginning to the end we delighted some of the best offers from the Cerrado (savannah), Pantanal and Amazon in central Brazil, totalizing 599 birds and 38 mammals recorded. For that we had to cover the big states of Minas Gerais on the east and the even bigger Mato Grosso on the west, in basically three different parts. First the two enchanting and distinct mountain ranges of Serra da Canastra and Serra do Cipó with their superb grasslands and rocky fields. Second the impressive Pantanal and its mega wildlife, plus the fine Cerrado and forests from Chapada dos Guimarães. And third the amazing diversity of the Amazon found in northern Mato Grosso, more precisely at the renowned Cristalino Lodge. This great combination of places resulted again in several memorable moments lived at fascinating landscapes watching some of the best birds (and mammals) from South America. Best remembrances certainly go to Greater Rhea, the rare Brazilian Merganser, Bare-faced and Razor-billed Curassows, Agami and Zigzag Herons, Long-winged Harrier, White-browed Hawk, Onate Hawk-Eagle, Harpy Eagle, Red-legged Seriema, Sunbittern, Sungrebe, Rufous-sided, Grey-breasted, Yellow-breasted and Ocellated Crakes, Pheasant and Black-bellied Cuckoos, Crested Owl, Band-winged Nightjar, Tapajos Hermit, Hyacinth Visorbearer, Horned Sungem, Blue-necked and Great Jacamars, Caatinga, White-eared, Brown-banded and Collared Puffbirds, Rufous-capped Nunlet, Black-girdled Barbet, Curl-crested, Lettered, Black-necked and Red-necked Aracaris, Checkered, White-fronted, Pale-crested, Ringed and Red-necked Woodpeckers, Hyacinth and Blue-winged Macaws, Golden-capped, Blue-crowned and Santarem Parakeets, Kawall’s Amazon, Long-tailed (Cipo) Cinclodes, Campo Miner, Chotoy and Ochre-cheeked Spinetails, Cipo Canastero, Pointe-tailed Palmcreeper, Henna-capped and Bamboo Foliage-Gleaners, Great Rufous and Uniform Woodcreepers, Glossy and Silvery-cheeked Antshrikes, Black-bellied Antwren, Bare-eyed and Banded Antbirds, Alta Floresta Antpitta, Brasilia Tapaculo, Collared Crescentchest, Grey-backed Tachuri, Sharp-tailed Grass and Cock-tailed Tyrants, White-eyed Attila, Southern Antpipit, Amazonian Tyrannulet, Helmeted, Band-tailed, Fiery-capped, Flame-crested and Snow-capped Manakins, Spangled and Pompadour Cotingas, Ochre-breasted Pipit, White-striped Warbler, Blue Finch, Cinereous Warbling Finch, Green-and-gold Tanager, Red-billed Pied-Tanager, Yellow-shouldered Grosbeak and hundreds more.