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BRAZIL'S SOUTHWESTERN AMAZONIA

Saturday 7th July - Saturday 21st July 2018

Eduardo Patrial

White-throated Jacamar (Eduardo Patrial)

White-throated Jacamar (Eduardo Patrial)

*A trip report in memory of Brian Field, our lovely friend who prematurely passed away a week after this tour. His smiley way of living will be always missed. Here our condolences to his family in this difficult moment. Some photos on the report were a contribution by Brian. Rest in peace our good friend!

Only in its second edition, the Brazil’s Southwestern Amazonia has now consolidated a much improved two weeks itinerary with a fantastic selection of Amazonian range-restricted species from the Rondonia and Inambari centres of endemism, the both sides of the great Rio Madeira in the states of Rondônia, Amazonas and Acre. And the best news was including again the mega Rondonia Bushbird to our list in a new site. At first the news about cancelling the tough pre-tour extension campsite and our the chances for Rondonia Bushbird may have caused some disappointments - birding at Igarapé São João (part of Campos Amazonicos National Park) was truly amazing and sadly illegal logging turned the visiting impractical. But with positivism, research and help from Brazilian friends (ornithologists and guides – thank you guys!) we surprisingly put all arrangements in time to visit a new site with reliable chances of seeing this enigmatic species. We are very happy for succeeding. With the change we could also offer this time some great river island specialties on the Madeira, besides spending more time in varzea forest in Humaitá. We got a similar list compared to last year’s trip, with balanced losses and gains plus a good number of write-ins. Definitely a very rewarding tour with the expected difficulties in the mighty Amazon (to mention some tough dusty roads). On this tour we covered good areas of terra firme forests, campina, campinarana and igapó on both banks of Rio Machado in eastern Rondonia; more terra firme, campina (Cerrado and grassland) and varzea around Porto Velho and Humaitá in southern Amazonas (mostly on left bank of Madeira, except the large varzea on the right bank in Humaita); terra firme and river island (Ilha dos Bufalos) on the Madeira in Jaci-Paraná (the new site visited), right bank of Madeira; and back to Madeira’s left bank to finish, the dense bamboo terra firme in Rio Branco, Acre. We recorded nearly five hundred species (493), highlighting the impressive number of Antbirds (66), Woodcreepers (21), Tyrants/flycatchers (69), also Parrots (22), Jacamars (7) and some good Puffbirds. Besides a good number of Brazilian (16) and several other regional endemics, rarities and even some river island specialties on the huge Madeira we got this time. To mention here the beautiful Orinoco Goose, Razor-billed Curassow, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Slate-colored Hawk, Sungrebe, Ocellated Crake, Large-billed Tern, Scaled Pigeon, Black-bellied Cuckoo, Amazonian Pygmy Owl, Sand-colored, Least and Nacunda Nighthawks, Spot-tailed Nightjar, Mato Grosso Swift, Needle-billed Hermit, Green-tailed Goldenthroat, Amazonian and Collared Trogons, American Pygmy Kinfisher, the fantastic White-throated Jacamar plus Bronzy, Paradise, Blue-necked, Bluish-fronted and Great Jacamars; Brown-banded, Chestnut-capped, Western Striolated and Rufous-necked Puffbirds, Rufous-capped Nunlet and Yellow-billed Nunbird, the adorable Black-girdled and Gilded Barbets; Red-necked, Brown-mandibled and Curl-crested Aracaris, Ringed and Rufous-headed Woodpeckers, Cryptic Forest Falcon, Tui, Crimson-bellied, Black-capped and Santarem Parakeets, Festive and Kawall’s Amazons, the gorgeous Blue-headed Macaw; White-bellied, Parker’s and Speckled Spinetails, Plain Softtail, Orange-fronted Plushcrown, Point-tailed Palmcreeper, Chestnut-crowned Foliage-gleaner, Long-billed, Cinnamon-throated, Uniform, Strong-billed, Hoffmanns’s, Zimmer’s, Inambari and Rondonia Woodcreepers, the mega Rondonia Bushbird, Madeira (Roosevelt) Stipple-throated and Ihering’s (Bamboo) Antwrens, Banded and Black-and-white Antbirds, Pearly Antshrike, Aripuana and Predicted Antwrens, Natterer’s Slaty, Glossy and Bamboo Antshrikes, White-throated and amazing White-breasted and Hairy-crested Antbirds, Black-spotted Bare-eye, Striated Antbird, Yellow-breasted, Rondonia and Manicore Warbling Antbirds, Blac, Manu, Black-chinned, Spot-backed, stunning Plumbeous, Humaita, Rufous-faced, White-lined and Goeldi’s Antbirds, Black-faced Antthrush, the unbelievable Black-bellied Gnateater, Rufous-crowned and Brownish Elaenias, Amazonian and Southern Scrub Flycatchers, Sharp-tailed Grass Tyrant, Flammulated Bamboo Tyrant plus Snethlage’s, Acre, Zimmer’s and Johannes’s Tody-Tyrants, the lovely Long-crested Pygmy Tyrant, Buff-cheeked Tody-Flycatcher, Brownish Twistwing, Cinnamon Neopipo, Little Ground Tyrant, White-throated Kingbird, Pale-bellied Mourner, Dusky-tailed Flatbill, White-eyed Attila, Black-necked Red Cotinga, Black-faced and amazing Purple-throated Cotingas, Purple-throated Fruitcrow, Sulphur-bellied Tyrant-Manakin, Snow-capped and Black Manakins, Varzea Schiffornis, Cinereous Becard, Azure-naped (Campina) Jay, Tooth-billed Wren, Red-billed Pied Tanager, White-rumped and Opal-crowned Tanagers, Short-billed Honeycreeper and the rare Black-masked Finch.

Guianan Red Cotinga (the late Brian Field)

Guianan Red Cotinga (the late Brian Field)