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NORTHEAST BRAZIL

Monday 18th February - Saturday 16th March 2019

Eduardo Patrial

Banded Cotinga (Eduardo Patrial)

Banded Cotinga (Eduardo Patrial)

After a year break we are back in 2019 with another very successful Northeast Brazil tour. Over five hundred species (506) recorded in twenty seven days through this large region, covering mainly the arid Caatinga physiognomies from north to south, several Atlantic Forest hotspots (mainly in Southern Bahia) and even a small taste from the Cerrado. The NE Brazil tour is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding birding trips in South America once there’s so many endemic and localized species in this vast, rich and also scenic region of Brazil. But achieving this impressive number of specialties is never a simple task. The need of an accurate logistics and previous knowledge in the area is primordial to see some of the rarest and most threatened species of birds. Our groups usually work hard and this time was no different, we finished the trip with high quality birds and a total of 105 genuine Brazilian endemics (not to mention other Atlantic Forest endemic and several subspecies treated as full species by other taxonomies). Repeating as last time (2017), we started the tour by Sobral with another cooperative ghost in the first night called Buff-fronted Owl, what a treat! Sobral with a hundred percent gain on this bird. This year we had the chance for the first time to explore some interesting transitional forest in Poções (southern Bahia), a day where the rare Raiser’s Tyrannulet was added to the Birdquest list and a few more new ones were added to the NE tour (such as the rare Wied’s Tyrant-Manakin). Also this year we visited the lovely Sítio Pau Preto for the first time with a superb day of birding in the Caatinga commanded by the friend Jefferson Bob; and to mention some more about spectacular places and species observed on this tour: Hooded Gnateater at Serra da Merucoa; Grey-breasted Parakeet in the hills of Guaramiranga; the super camouflaged Pygmy Nightjar at Hotel Pedra dos Ventos; the unreal Araripe Manakin at Arajara Park; Sítio Pau Preto and its people, its feeders and all Caatinga endemics around; Canudos Bilogical Station and all the majesty and spectacle of Lear’s Macaw; the lovely Caatinga of Jeremoabo with Red-legged Seriemas and Pectoral Antwren; Crasto Forest and Fringe-backed Fire-eye, Jandaya Parakeet and Rufous Crab Hawk; the amazing Chapada Diamantina and numerous specialties such as Hooded Visorbearer, Sincora and Narrow-billed Antwrens, Sao Francisco Sparrow, Horned Sungem, Collared Crescentchest and Diamantina Tapaculo; from a different world the Lajedo dos Beija-flores in Boa Nova and the impressive rich birding in the area with Slender and Rio de Janeiro Antbirds, Striated Softtail, Buff-throated Purpletuft, Tawny-browed Owl and Giant Snipe; the most spectacular male Banded Cotinga in perfect light at Veracel Reserve in Porto Seguro; male Kinglet Manakin, Sharpbill, Plumbeous Antvireo and the undescribed ‘Serra das Lontras’ Treehunter at Serra Bonita Lodge; the view of the rare Bahia Tapaculo at Água Boa Reserve and the Tanager feeder, White-winged Cotinga and Bare-throated Bellbirds from Itacaré; the gorgeous Seven-colored Tanager from Quilombo Park and the rarities from Pernambuco ending the trip in the beautiful beach of Tamandaré. Not to mention the hundreds more highlights gained on this tour, check it out below.

Araripe Manakin (Eduardo Patrial)

Araripe Manakin (Eduardo Patrial)