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Tuesday 1st August - Sunday 20th August 2006

Luciano Naka

First tours are never easy; they need a good dose of trust from the participants, confidence from the company, and luck for the guide! The areas that we were covering in Remote Amazonian Brazil were certainly promising, which included some of the least visited areas in Amazonia, home to some of the most poorly known, range-restricted, and localized bird species that inhabit the Amazon Basin. Results from this tour were simply spectacular. Not only for the large number of species recorded (435), but particularly for the quality of the birds. White-crested Guan, Razor-billed Curassow, Grey-bellied Hawk, Harpy Eagle, Cryptic Forest-Falcon, Golden Parakeet, Vulturine Parrot, Pavonine Cuckoo, White-winged Potoo, Brown-chested Barbet, Gould’s Toucanet, Red-necked Aracari, Para Foliage-gleaner, Elegant, Brigida’s and Carajas Woodcreepers, Glossy Antshrike, Harlequin Antbird, Amazonian Antpitta, Chestnut-belted and Black-bellied Gnateaters, Black-and-white Tody Tyrant, Black-chested Tyrant, Blackish Pewee, Sharpbill, White Bellbird, White-tailed Cotinga, and to add some colours: Fiery-capped, Snow-capped, and Flame-crown Manakins. All seen amazingly well and by almost all participants. Numbers are even more impressive when we consider that most of the species are secretive forest birds, which would not give up easily. After all, is not every day that we can record eight species of tinamous, that we see three species of guans, two species of curassows, 21 species of parrots, 12 species of nightjars and potoos, 18 species of hummers, 6 species of toucans, 14 species of woodpeckers, 5 species of foliage-gleaners, 17 species of woodcreepers, 49 species of antbirds and antpittas, 3 species of gnateaters, 8 species of cotingas, 11 species of manakins, 15 species of Tanagers, and 21 species of mammals, including an ocelot, a Jaguarundi, four tapirs, and 9 species of monkeys! Not bad for a first tour. I can’t wait to be back there!