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JAGUARS & BIRDS OF BRAZIL

Sunday 16th July - Saturday 29th July 2017

EDUARDO PATRIAL

Jaguar (just two of the six seen on this tour), Pantanal (Eduardo Patrial).

Jaguar (just two of the six seen on this tour), Pantanal (Eduardo Patrial).

It was simply outstanding the return of this Jaguars and Birds of Brazil 2017. What a nice two weeks trip to make in Brazil. Three different major biomes in the country (Pantanal, Atlantic Forest and Cerrado) and a fine selection of birds, this year with 434 species recorded and twenty mammals. In the heart of South America we admired the mighty Jaguar in its natural habitat, six in total including an amazing sight at Transpantaneira Road; the impressive Hyacinth Macaw, hundreds of water birds as Jabiru, Wood Stork, Southern Screamer, Sunbittern and Sungrebe, and even Agami and Zigzag Herons, flocks of Nacunda Nighthawk, Black-banded Owl, the comely Nanday Parakeet, the uncommon White-fronted Woodpecker and a fantastic array of Passerines including Great Rufous Woodcreeper, Black-bellied Antwren, White-eyed Atilla, Subtropical Doradito, White-bellied Tyrannulet, Red-crested Cardinal, Scarlet-headed Blackbird and hundreds more. Yet at the vast and humid Atlantic Forest in the amazing Intervales State Park (south-eastern São Paulo State) we were bombed by the impressive number of endemics and also rarities, which embraces the threatened Black-fronted Piping Guan, Spot-winged Wood Quail, the small Red-and-white Crake, Black-capped and Long-tufted Screech Owls, Rusty-barred Owl, the rare and most-wanted Helmeted Woodpecker, White-throated and Scalloped Woodcreepers, the notorious antbird gallery including Giant and White-bearded Antshrikes, and Ferruginous, Dusky-tailed, Bertoni’s and Squamate Antbirds, mind-blowing views of Variegated Antpitta, the endemics Hooded Berryeater and Slaty Bristlefront, and of course, colourful stunning tanagers such as Green-headed, Red-necked, Rufous-headed and Diademed Tanagers. Finishing up our fantastic journey, the monumental Serra da Canastra and its unique jewels were just the icing on the cake. There we got close to the critically endangered Brazilian Merganser and several Giant Anteaters. The beautiful grasslands, Cerrado and forests at Canastra provided an amazing list with Red-legged Seriema, White-eared Puffbird, the rare Campo Miner, the irresistible Cock-tailed and Streamer-tailed Tyrants, the tiny Sharp-tailed Tyrant and Grey-backed Tachuri, the localized endemic Brasilia Tapaculo, the rare Cinereous Warbling Finch, the stunning Blue Finch and the beautiful Collared Crescentchest.

Variegated Antpitta at Intervales (Eduardo Patrial).

Variegated Antpitta at Intervales (Eduardo Patrial).