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Sunday 16th August - Saturday 29th August 2015
The Jaguars and Birds is an already well known tour. In two weeks three fantastic destinations are capable to bring you an awesome overview of what is just a part of the amazing and huge Brazil. We started this tour covering the best of Pantanal, then the incredibly diverse Atlantic Forest and at last the singular Cerrado upland grasslands of Serra da Canastra. With this great combination we delightedly built a list containing nothing less than 440 birds recorded, and also a fine selection of seventeen mammals. In the heart of South America we admired the mighty Jaguar - naturally among the greatest cats –, the impressive Hyacinth Macaw, hundreds of water birds as Jabirus, Woodstorks, Southern Screamers, Sunbitterns and Sungrebes, and even Agami and Zigzag Herons, flocks of Nacunda Nighthawks, the comely Nanday Parakeet, the uncommon White-fronted Woodpecker and a fantastic array of Passerines including Great Rufous Woodcreeper, Black-bellied Antwren, White-eyed Attila, Subtropical Doradito, Red-crested Cardinal, Scarlet-headed Blackbird and hundreds more. Yet at the vast and humid Atlantic Forest of the amazing Intervales State Park (south-eastern São Paulo State) we were hypnotized by the impressive number of endemics and also fantastic birds, which embraces the threatened Black-fronted Piping Guan, the rare Buff-bellied Puffbird, the lovely Saffron and Spot-billed Toucanets, the small Red-and-white Crake, the mind-blowing male Long-trained Nightjar, three species of owls – Black-capped and Long-tufted Screech Owls and Rusty-barred Owl, the notorious antbird gallery including Giant and Tufted Antshrikes, and Ferruginous, Dusky-tailed and Ochre-rumped Antbirds, mind-blowing views of Variegated Antpitta, the endemics Slaty Bristlefront and White-breasted Tapaculos, the superb male Bare-throated Bellbird, and of course, colourful stunning tanagers such as Green-headed, Red-necked, Brassy-breasted, 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 contemplated the critically endangered Brazilian Merganser, the weird looking Red-legged Seriema, the rare Sickle-winged Nightjar, the irresistible Cock-tailed and Streamer-tailed Tyrants, the tiny Sharp-tailed Tyrant and Grey-backed Tachuri, the localized endemic Brasilia Tapaculo, the threatened and rare Cinereous Warbling Finch, the shinning Blue Finch and the beautiful Collared Crescentchest, and besides our encounters with fantastic mammals –Giant Anteater and Pampas Deer.