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ULTIMATE SOUTHEAST BRAZIL

Monday 5th November - Saturday 1st December 2018

EDUARDO PATRIAL

Spot-winged Wood Quail, one of the star endemics of the eastern forests of Brazil (Eduardo Patrial)

Spot-winged Wood Quail, one of the star endemics of the eastern forests of Brazil (Eduardo Patrial)

The world-famous Ultimate Southeast Brazil tour, which shows the best from the Atlantic Forest, is back in 2018 packed with a list of 580 species of birds recorded. From that, ninety four (94) genuine Brazilian endemics were seen on the tour, besides over a hundred and twenty Atlantic Forest endemic birds. It is true to say the el niño affected weather conditions this time, turning into a much wetter trip if compared to the last ones, especially when at Espirito Santo state. But even so the Atlantic Forest kept its high level and results were again fantastic. It’s easy to remember some of the great birds seen from the beginning to the end of this remarkable trip, to mention some nice Cracidae as Red-billed Curassow, Black-fronted Piping Guan and East Brazilian and Scaled Chachalacas; a great time with the night birding – Tawny-browed, Mottled and Rusty-barred Owls, Tropical, Long-tufted and Black-capped Screech Owls, the rare White-winged Potoo, Long-trained and Sickle-winged Nightjars; a fine selection of hummingbirds with Saw-billed, Scale-throated, Dusky-throated and Minute Hermits, the amazing Frilled and Festive Coquettes, Green-crowned and Purple-crowned-Plovercrests; some of the nicest toucans and woodpeckers – Green-billed Toucan, Saffron and Spot-billed Toucanets, Yellow-fronted, Blond-crested, Robust and Yellow-browed Woodpeckers; the unique Three-toed Jacamar, two Puffbirds – Buff-bellied and Crescent-chested Puffbirds; an amazing number of endemic parrots – Red-browed, Red-tailed, Red-spectacled and Vinaceous-breasted Amazons, Blue-bellied Parrot, Ochre-marked and White-eared Parakeets; the fantastic number of Furnariidae – White-collared, Black-capped, Buff-fronted and White-browed Foliage-gleaners, Pale-browed Treehunter, Straight-billed and Curve-billed Reedhaunters, and also some endemic Woodcreepers such as Scale, Scalloped and White-throated Woodcreepers; the impressive number of endemic Antbirds – Giant, Large-tailed, Tufted, Spot-backed and White-bearded Antshrikes, Rufous-tailed, Scaled, Bertoni’s, Ochre-rumped, Ferruginous, Dusky-tailed, White-bibbed and Squamate Antbirds, Plumbeous and Spot-breasted Antvireos, Salvadori’s, Star-throated and Unicolored Antwrens; amazingly four Antthrushes – Rufous-capped, Short-tailed, Rufous-tailed and Cryptic Antthrushes; Atlantic Forest endemic Speckle-breasted Antpitta; two lovely gnateaters, Rufous and Blackcheeked Gnateaters; Tapaculos – Slaty Bristlefront, White-breasted, Mouse-colored and Planalto Tapaculo and the very shy Spotted Bamboowren; the rare Black-capped Piprites; a high number of endemic tyrant/flycatchers, including Serra do Mar, Sao Paulo, Oustalet’s, Restinga and Grey-capped Tyrannulets, Eyeringed, Fork-tailed and Kaempfer’s Tody-Tyrants, Grey-hooded Attila, Velvety Black Tyrant, the rare Russet-winged Spadebill, Crested Doradito and Sharp-tailed Grass Tyrant; the numerous special Cotingas including Black-headed and Hooded Berryeaters, the fascinating Swallow-tailed Cotinga, Bare-throated Bellbird and endemic Cinnamon-vented Piha; the uncommon endemic Buff-throated Purpletuft; some beautiful Manakins including Red-headed, White-crowned, White-bearded, Blue and Pin-tailed Manakins and the Tanagers of course, to mention the mega-rare Cherry-throated Tanager plus several other endemics – Brazilian, Olivegreen, Golden-chevroned, Azure-shouldered, Diademed, Gilt-edged, Brassy-breasted, and Black-backed Tanagers.

You can tell it was a good tour when the lovely Swallow-tailed Cotinga doesn't even make top 5 in the bird of the trip contest (Eduardo Patrial)

You can tell it was a good tour when the lovely Swallow-tailed Cotinga doesn't even make top 5 in the bird of the trip contest (Eduardo Patrial)