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Saturday 18th January - Sunday 9th February 2014
This mega Northeast Brazil tour was undoubtedly a fantastic way to start the year of 2014. A detailed scan of the sole endemic biome in Brazil, the dry Caatinga and its physiognomies, and also rich Atlantic Forest remnants (and even a small fraction of Cerrado) provided great quality birds and a large list with 87 Brazilian endemics. Long drives were necessarily confronted in a vast variety of landscapes and habitats, particularly so many isolated places, home of incredible localized species. Notable sightings of remarkable species were constantly witnessed during the trip, which bring me here good remembrance of many spectacular moments throughout our Northeast Brazil itinerary this year. A short summary about the stars includes Little Wood-Rail, Ceara Gnateater, Spot-winged Wood-Quail, Grey-breasted Parakeet, Gould’s Toucanet, Great Xenops, White-browed Antpitta, Red-shouldered Spinetail, Tawny Piculet, Araripe Manakin, Blue-winged Macaw, White-browed Guan, The show of Lear’s Macaw, Red-legged Seriema, Pectoral Antwren, Orange-bellied Antwren, Yellow-faced Siskin, Seven-coloured Tanager, Pernambuco Foliage-gleaner, Black-headed Berryeater, Pinnated Bittern, Ash-throated Crake, White-fringed Fire-Eye, Jandaya Parakeet, Hooded Visorbearer, Collared Crescentchest, Blue Finch, Sincora Antwren, Sao Francisco Sparrow, Ash-throated Casiornis, Horned Sungem, Rufous-sided Pygmy-Tyrant, Diamantina Tapaculo, Grey-backed Tachuri, Sharp-tailed Tyrant, Narrow-billed Antwren, Slender Antbird, Pygmy Nightjar, Tawny-browed Owl, Rio de Janeiro Antbird, Bahia Spinetail, Striated Softtail, Pin-tailed Manakin, Cinnamon-vented Piha, East Brazilian Pygmy-Owl, Buff-throated Purpletuft, Giant Snipe, Pink-legged Graveteiro, Rufous-brown Solitary, Plumbeous Antvireo, Salvadori’s Antwren, Bare-throated Bellbird, Spot-billed Toucanet, Bahia Antwren, Eastern Striped Manakin, Band-tailed Antwren, Racket-tailed Coquette and hundreds more.