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Saturday 31st October - Thursday 26th November 2015
Five hundred and seventy six (576) species of birds were recorded on this fantastic tour. Ninety three (93) Brazilian endemics (not counting several Atlantic Forest endemics), being most of them only possible on this trip. This time the total list was a bit inferior to last year’s one and certainly losses and gains can be noticed if compared. But definitely this impressive tour shows the best of the splendidly rich Brazilian Atlantic Forest, a unique and very important biome in the world, home of innumerous threatened species. From Espirito Santo, the northernmost of Southeast Brazil, to the southernmost, the state of Rio Grande do Sul, a vast array of peculiar and localized species were contemplated, besides the fantastic landscapes, many different habitats, amazing forests, nice hotels and pousadas enjoyed along the impressive range of Serra do Mar, both on the hills and on the coast. Here a short summary of the best achieved this time: Solitary Tinamou, Black-fronted Piping Guan, East Brazilian and Scaled Chachalacas, Red-billed Curassow, Great and White-tufted Grebes, Maguari Stork, Pinnated Bittern, White-necked Hawk, Harpy Eagle, Black and Black-and-white Hawk-Eagles, Giant and Slaty-breasted Wood Rails, Rufous-sided, Red-and-white and Ash-throated Crakes, Blackish Rail, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, South American Painted-Snipe, Giant Snipe, Pavonine Cuckoo, Black-capped and Long-tufted Screech Owls, Rusty-barred, Tawny-browed and Black-banded Owls, White-winged Potoo, Long-trained Nightjar, Great Dusky Swift, Saw-billed, Dusky-throated and Minute Hermits, Brazilian Ruby, Frilled and Festive Coquettes, Three-toed Jacamar, Crescent-chested and Buff-bellied Puffbirds, Saffron and Spot-billed Toucanets, Yellow-eared, Blond-crested and Robust Woodpeckers, Ochre-marked (or Blue-throated) and White-eared Parakeets, Pileated and Blue-bellied Parrots, Red-browed, Red-tailed, Red-spectacled and Vinaceous-breasted Amazons, Long-tailed Cinclodes, Striolated Tit-Spinetail, Itatiaia Spinetail, Straight-billed and Curve-billed Reedhaunters, Giant, Spot-backed, White-bearded, Tufted and Large-tailed Antshrikes, Plumbeous and Rufous-backed Antvireos, Ochre-rumped, Scaled, White-bibbed and Squamate Antbirds, Serra, Black-hooded, Sao Paulo and Parana Antwrens, Cryptic, Short-tailed and Rufous-tailed Antthrushes, Speckle-breasted Antpitta, Mouse-colored, White-breasted and Planalto Tapaculos, Slaty Bristlefront, Spotted Bamboowren, Russet-winged Spadebill, Kaempfer’s Tody-Tyrant, Hooded and Black-headed Berryeaters, Grey-winged, Black-and-gold and Swallow-tailed Cotingas, Cinnamon-vented Piha, Bare-throated Bellbird, Brazilian Laniisoma, Wied’s Tyrant-Manakin, Saffron-cowled Blackbird, Black-backed, Chestnut-backed, Brassy-breasted and Gilt-edged Tanagers, Black-legged Dacnis, Black-bellied Seedeater and hundreds more.