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Saturday 9th January - Sunday 31st January 2016
With 518 species of birds recorded, this reformulated Northeast Brazil 2016 tour was just outstanding! An excellent option not just for those who had been in Brazil few times before but also for the ones who want to come for the first time to the country. The reason is the combination of a detailed scan on the sole endemic biome in Brazil, the dry Caatinga and its physiognomies, with the rich Atlantic Forest remnants and even some fractions of Cerrado, providing an amazing percentage of specialties from the country, a list with exactly hundred Brazilian endemics! As there cannot be different, long drives were necessarily confronted in a vast variety of landscapes and habitats, particularly several isolated places, home of incredible localized species. Notable sightings of remarkable species were constantly witnessed during the trip (like the mega rare Stresemann’s Bristlefront for the first time), which brings to everyone present good remembrances of many spectacular moments.
A short summary about the highlights includes Mangrove Rail, Little Wood Rail, Plain-bellied Emerald, White-naped Xenopsaris, Grey-breasted Parakeet, Buff-breasted Tody-Tyrant, Gould’s Toucanet, Spectacled Owl, Ceara Gnateater, Short-tailed Antthrush, Silvery-cheeked, Planalto Slaty, Tufted and Spot-backed Antshrikes, Great Xenops, White-browed Antpitta, Red-shouldered Spinetail, Tawny, Ochraceous and Spotted Piculets, Araripe Manakin, Pale-bellied Tyrant-Manakin, Surucua Trogon, Blue-winged Macaw, The show of Lear’s Macaw, Pectoral Antwren, Ash-throated Casiornis, White-fringed Fire-Eye, Jandaya Parakeet, Lesser and Greater Wagtail-Tyrants, Hooded Visorbearer, Broad-tipped and Hook-billed Hermits, Horned Sungem, Ruby-topaz Hummingbird, Stripe-breasted Starthroat, Brown Violetear, Collared Crescentchest, Blue Finch, Sincora, Narrow-billed and Black-bellied Antwrens, Sao Francisco Sparrow, Serra Finch, Rufous-sided Pygmy-Tyrant, Diamantina and Bahia Tapaculos, Three-toed Jacamar, Stresemann’s Bristlefront, Grey-backed Tachuri, Sharp-tailed Tyrant, Ochre-backed Woodpecker, Slender Antbird, Pygmy and Little Nightjars, Least Nighthawk, Tawny-browed Owl, Black-capped Screech Owl, Stripe-backed, Rio de Janeiro, Scalloped, White-bibbed, Scaled and Ferruginous Antbirds, Bahia and Grey-headed Spinetails, Striated Softtail, Pale-browed Treehunter, ‘Serra das Lontras’ Treehunter, Giant Snipe, Pink-legged Graveteiro, Rufous-brown Solitary, Plumbeous Antvireo, Cinnamon-vented Piha, Salvadori’s Antwren, East Brazilian Pygmy Owl, Caatinga and Crescent-chested Puffbirds, Ochre-marked and White-eared Parakeets, Spot-billed and Saffron Toucanets, Bahia Antwren, Bahia Tyrannulet, Eastern Striped Manakin, Band-tailed Antwren, Golden-tailed Parrotlet, Red-browed Amazon, White-winged and Banded Cotingas, Black-headed Berryeater, Shrike-like, White-rumped, Green-headed, Red-necked, Turquoise and Opal-rumped, Brazilian and Scarlet-throated Tanagers, White-naped Jay, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Red-billed and Black-billed Scythebills, Scaled Woodcreeper, Russet-crowned and Ash-throated Crakes, White-throated, Dubois’s, Copper, Buffy-fronted and Temminck’s Seedeaters, White-bellied and Spotted Nothuras, Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle, White-fronted Nunbird, Sharpbill and hundreds more.