Welcome to Birdquest
Saturday 9th August - Friday 22nd August 2014
In a brilliant way this magnificent tour comprises in two weeks three top-selected birdwatching destinations in central and eastern Brazil, showing the best of Pantanal, the incredibly diverse Atlantic Forest and the singular Cerrado upland grasslands of Serra da Canastra. With this great combination we delightedly built a list containing nothing less than 458 birds recorded, and also a fine selection of twenty 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 and even the skulking Least Bittern, huge flocks of Nacunda Nighthawks, the comely Nanday Parakeet and a fantastic array of Passerines including Great Rufous Woodcreeper, White-eyed Atilla, Subtropical Doradito, Bearded Tachuri, 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 stunning Red-breasted Toucan and Saffron Toucanet, the skulking Red-and-white Crake, the elegant Rusty-barred Owl, the notorious antbird gallery including Giant, Spot-backed, Tufted and the rare White-bearded Antshrikes, and Ferruginous, Bertoni’s, Dusky-tailed, Ochre-rumped and Squamate Antbirds, mind-blowing views of Variegated Antpitta, the endemics Mouse-coloured and White-breasted Tapaculos, the superb Swallow-tailed Cotinga and the noisy Bare-throated Bellbird, and of course, colourful stunning tanagers such as Green-headed, Red-necked, Brassy-breasted and Rufous-headed 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 massive Crowned Solitary Eagle, 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 astonishing Gilt-edged Tanager, and besides three fantastic mammals – Pampas Deer, Giant Anteater and the beautiful Maned Wolf.