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Northeast Brazil Birding Tour - 15 Days

Northeast Brazil Birding Tour
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Birdwatching Tour in North East Brazil

Join us on a 15-day Northeast Brazil Birding Tour which is moderately paced and available on request.  This trip is a must for any birder wishing to see a serious number of endemics and is a good “next step” after birding the coastal Atlantic forests on our 8 day Birding Brazil Atlantic Rainforest tour.

This extensive itinerary was put together to incorporate the northern Atlantic rainforest, the Cerrado, and a habitat known as Caatinga, which is unique to Brazil and consists of thorny woodland and scrub, this habitat offers some truly spectacular birding and provides the opportunity to see many threatened, vulnerable and endangered species.

This together with the northeast Atlantic Forest provides us with an amazing 15-day trip that visits some of the most threatened habitats remaining in the world. Due to the remaining forested areas being fragmented, we will cover some large distances on this tour (over 1600 miles or 2500km), visiting places such as Guaramiranga, and Crato for the stunning Araripe Manakin, Canudos for the Lear’s Macaw, Lencois, Boa Nova and Serra Bonita.

There are many highlights on this trip including Gould’s Toucanet, Scarlet-throated Tanager, Caatinga Antwren, White-browed Guan, Grey-bellied Parakeet, Caatinga Parakeet, Ruby Topaz, the very rare Pectoral Antwren, Slender Antbird and the amazing Hooded Visorbearer amongst many others.

Accommodation will be in a variety of lodges/hotels, well situated to allow us easy access to the top birding sites within each area that we visit.

Northeast Brazil Birding Tour Brazil Birding Tour highlights include:

  • Visit some of the most threatened habitats in the world.
  • A huge diversity of stunning birds.
  • Lear's Macaw and Araripe Manakin.
  • Go birding in some of the lesser-known areas of Brazil.

If you’d like to try an alternative tour, look at what this Birding Brazil Atlantic Rainforest Tour has to offer.

Alternative Tour Name: North-east Brazil Birding Tour
Day 1
Day 1 - Fortaleza/Baturité

Our trip begins upon arrival at the airport in Fortaleza. We will then take a 65 mile drive to the mountain range of Baturité and check in to our accommodation. We will start birding looking for birds such as White-browed Guan, Caatinga Gnateater, Grey-breasted Parakeet, Gould’s Toucanet, Ochraceous Piculet, Buff-breasted Tody-Tyrant, Rufous-breasted Leaftosser, Ceara Gnateater, Moustached Woodcreeper, Spot-winged Wood-Quail, Slender-footed Tyrannulet, and Short-tailed Antthrush.

Other more common birds we hope to see include Wing-banded Hornero, Gray-headed Spinetail, Blond-crested Woodpecker (this is potentially a future split), Little Woodpecker, Band-tailed Manakin, Pectoral Sparrow, Ruby-Topaz Hummingbird, Squirrel Cuckoo, Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Lesser Woodcreeper, Sooty-fronted Spinetail, Ochre-cheeked Spinetail, White-throated Spadebill, Black-tailed Flycatcher, Planalto Hermit and Reddish Hermit. We will complete our first checklist of the trip followed by dinner.

Day 2
Day 2 - Baturité

After an early breakfast we will dedicate the day to finding as many of the above species as possible. Baturité is a lovely location, with a very well preserved forest and due to its altitude it has a very nice cool climate, this combined with superb birds makes a perfect combination for the first full days birding. We will make a stop for lunch and have a break before we start our afternoons birding, looking for possible missing birds and staying long enough to do some owling, hopefully seeing Spectacled Owl. We will return to the lodge for dinner and our daily checklist.

Day 3
Day 3 - Baturité/Crato

After an early breakfast we will check out and drive to the town of Crato some 270 miles away. We will have a few stops along the way looking for birds such as Southen Pochard, Red-Cowled Cardinal, Wing-banded Hornero, Spotted Puffbird, White-napped Jay, Red-legged Seriema, Turkey and Lesser Yellow-headed Vultures, Snail Kite, Savanna Hawk, Wattled Jacana, Southern Lapwing, White-faced and Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Brazilian Teal and Masked Water-Tyrant. We will check into our Hotel which is adjacent to the Araripe National Forest with easy access to best birding areas!

Day 4
Day 4 - Crato

After another early breakfast we will begin birding around the Caatinga vegetation searching for endemics such as Caatinga Parakeet, White-browed Guan, Tawny Piculet, Red-shouldered Spinetail, Great Xenops, Silvery-cheeked Antshrike, Caatinga Antshrike, Caatinga Antwren, White-browed Antpitta, Stripe-backed Antbird, Ash-throated Casiornis, White-naped Jay, Pale-bellied Tyrant-Manakin, Grey-eyed Greenlet and White-throated Seedeater.

By 9:00 am we will drive to the ARARIPE MANAKIN area. We shall spend the rest of the morning here. After lunch we will have a short break and then return to look for any missing species and also trying to get better views of species we may have already seen during the morning. At the end of the day we will have some time to look for some night birds such as Pauraques and the Common Potoo. Return to the Hotel in Crato.

Day 5
Day 5 - Crato/Canudos

After breakfast we will check out and drive approximately 230 miles to Canudos and/or Euclides da Cunha. Of course, we won´t hesitate in making stops every time we get birds to watch! We expect to arrive in time for some birding and owling, one of our targets here is the magnificent Scissor-tailed Nightjar!

Day 6
Day 6 - Canudos

After breakfast our priority this morning will be the Lear´s Macaws! We will try to watch these fabulous birds and get some great views! Canudos will offer some other special birds too such as the Scarlet-Throated Tanager, which has only one relative in South America which is located in the Andes! Other possibilities today include Blue-winged Macaw, Red-legged Seriema, Caatinga Parakeet, Broad-tipped Hermit, Ruby Topaz, Stripe-breasted Starthroat, Red-shouldered Spinetail, Caatinga Cachalote, Pectoral Antwren, White-naped Jay and Black-chested Buzzard Eagle.

Day 7
Day 7 - Canudos/Estancia

We will check out after breakfast and transfer to the town of Estancia, some 200 miles away. For this morning’s drive we will be using a special route that shall produce more Lear´s Macaws and also the very rare Pectoral Antwren. We should arrive in time for some birding hoping to see the very rare Fringed-backed Fire-eye. We shall do some night birding looking for the Rufous Nightjar.

Day 8
Day 8 - Estancia/Lencois

Today is quite a long travel day but we will have some time for some early morning birding at Estancia with chances of Red-shouldered Macaw, Orange-winged Parrot, Golden-capped Parakeet and Sooretama Slaty Antshrike. We will drive to Lençois some 340 miles away with some birding and lunch en-route. We will arrive by the end of the day, have dinner and have a good nights rest ready for a full day of birding tomorrow.

Day 9
Day 9 - Lencois

After an early breakfast we will have a full days birding in the most scenic place of the entire trip! Target birds for today include Great Xenops, Sincora Antwren, Silvery-cheeked Antbird, Sao Francisco Sparrow, Hooded Visorbearer, Buff-throated Pampa-Finch, South American Snipe, Grey-backed Tachuri, Buff-throated Pampa-Finch, Collared Crescentchest, White-eared Puffbird, Plain-crested and Highland Elaenias, White-vented Violetear, Violet-capped Woodnymph, Versicoloured Emerald, Chicli (Spix´s) Spinetail, Cinnamon Tanager, Rufous-winged Antshrike, Blue-Finch, Spotted Piculet and Biscutate Swift. Lencois also has a very nice Forest patch, we will look here for birds such as Streaked Xenops, Yellow Tyrannulet, Greenish Elaenia, Black-tailed Tityra, Green-winged Saltator and Hooded Siskin.

Day 10
Day 10 - Lencois/Boa Nova

After breakfast we will check out of our accommodation and take a 250 miles drive to our next location, Boa Nova. We will have time for some birding along the way and we will also be stopping for some lunch. We will arrive in time to watch the most important bird of this area, the Slender Antbird. Boa Nova is strategically located behind a mountain range that holds all the moisture coming from the Ocean, therefore around the village we will find the Caatinga, combined with the “Mata do Cipó” (vine forest, it really deserves this name and has to be seen to be believed)! This vine forest is home to the Slender Antbird, Narrow-billed Antwren, Stripe-backed Antbird, Silvery-cheeked Antshrike, Buff-breasted Tody-Tyrant, Ruby-Topaz Hummingbird and a day time roost (!) for the Pygmy Nightjar!

Day 11
Day 11 - Boa Nova

After an early breakfast we will have a full days birding at Boa Nova looking for Atlantic forest specialities such as Rio de Janeiro Antbird, Spot-backed Antbird, White-bibbed Antbird, Spot-breasted Antvireo, Fork-tailed Tody-Tyrant, Drab-breasted Bamboo-Tyrant, Ochre-faced Tody-Flycatcher, Bahia Tyrannulet, Bahia Spinetail, White-eyed Foliage-gleaner, White-collared Foliage Gleaner, Ochre-breasted Foliage-gleaner, Cinnamon-vented Piha, Frilled Coquette, Buff-throated Purpletuft, Crescent-chested Puffbird, Yellow-eared Woodpecker, Pallid Spinetail, Striated Softtail, Yellow-lored Tody-Flycatcher, Oustalet’s Tyrannulet, Gilt-edged Tanager, Reddish-bellied Parakeet, Scale-throated Hermit, Sapphire-spangled Emerald, Black-eared Fairy, Black-throated Trogon, Swallow-winged Puffbird, Black-necked Aracari, Yellow-throated Woodpecker, Plain-winged, White-throated, Planalto and Scaled Woodcreepers, Black-billed Scythebill, Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper, Sharpbill, Swallow-tailed Manakin, Hang-nest Tody-Tyrant, Greenish Mourner, Chestnut-crowned Becard, White-necked and Cocoa Thrushes, White-browed Warbler, Red-crowned Ant-Tanager, Black-goggled and Golden-chevroned Tanagers, Rufous-sided Crake, Blackish Rail, Campo Flicker, Pale-legged Hornero, Yellow-browed Tyrant, Brown-chested Martin, White-bellied Seedeater, Least Pygmy-Owl. At the end of the day we will look for the “cherry on the top of the cake”, the Giant Snipe.

Day 12
Day 12 - Boa Nova

Another early breakfast followed by another full days birding at Boa Nova. Birding here is so incredibly good that it justifies another full day! Based on the previous day, our targets will be the missing birds, either at the humid forest or at the vine forest and if necessary we will bird both places. We will stop for lunch and a short break around midday.

Day 13
Day 13 - Boa Nova/Serra Bonita

After breakfast we will check out and take a drive of approximately 190 miles to Serra Bonita (Camacan). We will be birding at an altitude of around 950 m. We are here for a very good reason, to hopefully see the recently discovered Pink-legged Gravateiro!

There will be many other birds here and we also hope to see Buffy-fronted Seedeater, Temminck’s Seedeater, Sooty Grassquit, Drab-breasted Bamboo-Tyrant, Plumbeous Antvireo, Spot-breasted Antvireo, Salvadori’s Antwren, Star-throated Antwren, Spot-backed Antshrike, White-wedged Piculet, White-eyed Foliage-Gleaner, Crescent-chested Puffbird, Lemon-chested Greenlet and with some luck we may also get Bahia Tyrannulet and Rufous-brown Solitaire. Raptors can be good here and we hope to see Mantled Hawk, Black Hawk-Eagle, Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle and King Vulture. On a past trip we were the very first ones to record Harpy Eagle here – amazing!

We shall arrive at the village of Camacan by lunch time. After lunch we will drive to a parking spot in the forest where we will be transferred to 4×4 vehicles that will take us to our lodge. After check-in, we will start birding.

Day 14
Day 14 - Serra Bonita

After breakfast we will spend the morning birding at Serra Bonita looking for species as mentioned above. After lunch we will be birding at the feeders of the lodge. We shall have a great time watching birds in close up and this is also a great opportunity for photography. These feeders are great for attracting species such as Sombre Hummingbird, Scale-throated Hermit, Black Jacobin, Brazilian Ruby, Green-headed Tanager, Red-necked Tanager, Brazilian Tanager, Azure-shouldered Tanager, Green Honeycreeper, Spot-billed Toucanet and Maroon-bellied Parakeet!

Day 15
Day 15 - Departure day

After breakfast we will check out of our accommodation and transfer to the airport in Ilheus and fly to Salvador or other connections for your flight home.

Some of the Wildlife species expected to see:

White-browed Guan, Caatinga Gnateater, Grey-breasted Parakeet, Gould’s Toucanet, Ochraceous Piculet, Buff-breasted Tody-Tyrant, Rufous-breasted Leaftosser, Ceara Gnateater, Moustached Woodcreeper, Spot-winged Wood-Quail, Slender-footed Tyrannulet, and Short-tailed Antthrush, Wing-banded Hornero, Gray-headed Spinetail, Blond-crested Woodpecker (this is potentially a future split), Little Woodpecker, Band-tailed Manakin, Pectoral Sparrow, Ruby-Topaz Hummingbird, Squirrel Cuckoo, Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Lesser Woodcreeper, Sooty-fronted Spinetail, Ochre-cheeked Spinetail, White-throated Spadebill, Black-tailed Flycatcher, Planalto Hermit and Reddish Hermit, Southen Pochard, Red-Cowled Cardinal, Wing-banded Hornero, Spotted Puffbird, White-napped Jay, Red-legged Seriema, Turkey and Lesser Yellow-headed Vultures, Snail Kite, Savanna Hawk, Wattled Jacana, Southern Lapwing, White-faced and Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Brazilian Teal and Masked Water-Tyrant, Caatinga Parakeet, White-browed Guan, Tawny Piculet, Red-shouldered Spinetail, Great Xenops, Silvery-cheeked Antshrike, Caatinga Antshrike, Caatinga Antwren, White-browed Antpitta, Stripe-backed Antbird, Ash-throated Casiornis, White-naped Jay, Pale-bellied Tyrant-Manakin, Grey-eyed Greenlet and White-throated Seedeater, Blue-winged Macaw, Red-legged Seriema, Caatinga Parakeet, Broad-tipped Hermit, Ruby Topaz, Stripe-breasted Starthroat, Red-shouldered Spinetail, Caatinga Cachalote, Pectoral Antwren, White-naped Jay and Black-chested Buzzard Eagle, Great Xenops, Sincora Antwren, Silvery-cheeked Antbird, Sao Francisco Sparrow, Hooded Visorbearer, Buff-throated Pampa-Finch, South American Snipe, Grey-backed Tachuri, Buff-throated Pampa-Finch, Collared Crescentchest, White-eared Puffbird, Plain-crested and Highland Elaenias, White-vented Violetear, Violet-capped Woodnymph, Versicoloured Emerald, Chicli (Spix´s) Spinetail, Cinnamon Tanager, Rufous-winged Antshrike, Blue-Finch, Spotted Piculet and Biscutate Swift, Rio de Janeiro Antbird, Spot-backed Antbird, White-bibbed Antbird, Spot-breasted Antvireo, Fork-tailed Tody-Tyrant, Drab-breasted Bamboo-Tyrant, Ochre-faced Tody-Flycatcher, Bahia Tyrannulet, Bahia Spinetail, White-eyed Foliage-gleaner, White-collared Foliage Gleaner, Ochre-breasted Foliage-gleaner, Cinnamon-vented Piha, Frilled Coquette, Buff-throated Purpletuft, Crescent-chested Puffbird, Yellow-eared Woodpecker, Pallid Spinetail, Striated Softtail, Yellow-lored Tody-Flycatcher, Oustalet’s Tyrannulet, Gilt-edged Tanager, Reddish-bellied Parakeet, Scale-throated Hermit, Sapphire-spangled Emerald, Black-eared Fairy, Black-throated Trogon, Swallow-winged Puffbird, Black-necked Aracari, Yellow-throated Woodpecker, Plain-winged, White-throated, Planalto and Scaled Woodcreepers, Black-billed Scythebill, Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper, Sharpbill, Swallow-tailed Manakin, Hang-nest Tody-Tyrant, Greenish Mourner, Chestnut-crowned Becard, White-necked and Cocoa Thrushes, White-browed Warbler, Red-crowned Ant-Tanager, Black-goggled and Golden-chevroned Tanagers, Rufous-sided Crake, Blackish Rail, Campo Flicker, Pale-legged Hornero, Yellow-browed Tyrant, Brown-chested Martin, White-bellied Seedeater, Least Pygmy-Owl, Buffy-fronted Seedeater, Temminck’s Seedeater, Sooty Grassquit, Drab-breasted Bamboo-Tyrant, Plumbeous Antvireo, Spot-breasted Antvireo, Salvadori’s Antwren, Star-throated Antwren, Spot-backed Antshrike, White-wedged Piculet, White-eyed Foliage-Gleaner, Crescent-chested Puffbird, Lemon-chested Greenlet, Sombre Hummingbird, Scale-throated Hermit, Black Jacobin, Brazilian Ruby, Green-headed Tanager, Red-necked Tanager, Brazilian Tanager, Azure-shouldered Tanager, Green Honeycreeper, Spot-billed Toucanet, Maroon-bellied Parakeet

What is included?

  • All accommodation or lodgings based on double occupancy
  • Single occupancy available for an additional charge/cost
  • Professional bi-lingual birding guide(s)
  • Local transfers and all ground transport throughout the tour
  • Entrance fees to all National Parks, Nature Reserves and/or use of Hides where applicable
  • All meals
  • Water throughout the tour
  • All activities as specified within the tour itinerary
  • Personalised checklists
  • All Applicable Taxes

What is not included?

  • All international or domestic airfares
  • Visa Fees (if applicable)
  • Travel & medical insurance (incl. personal equipment and repatriation)
  • Airport departure taxes or visa fees
  • Items of personal nature (incl. binoculars and telescopes)
  • If providing binoculars and telescopes then add within above
  • Laundry & telephone Charges
  • Optional tour extensions where applicable
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Any other drinks not mentioned above
  • Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”

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Why book with Serra dos Tucanos Birding Tours?

Serra dos Tucanos Birding Tours has been offering Brazil Bird Watching and Wildlife Tours since 2002, specialising in birding trips in the Atlantic Forest. We also go to the Pantanal in north-eastern Brazil, Iguazu Falls, and the Cristalino Jungle Lodge in the Amazon.

When is the best time to visit?

A birding trip to north-east Brazil is best during the months of October through to February.

What is the climate like?

The climate can be warm and dry with cooler evenings.

What are the passport and visa requirements?

It is Brazilian law that you carry your passport with you at all times whilst in Brazil, this includes going out on excursions. You may wish to take a photocopy before arriving in Brazil to carry with you on a daily basis. Please note that depending upon your home country you may need a VISA to visit Brazil. Please check before booking with your Brazilian Embassy if this is a requirement.

What vaccinations do I need?

We recommend that you contact your local doctor or travel clinic for up to date advice.

What clothing will I need?

We recommend that you bring lightweight clothing for your visits into the forest, quick dry trousers together with a long sleeved shirt is advisable, lightweight waterproof jacket for sudden showers together with an umbrella and walking boots or other comfortable footwear suitable for walking on trails within the forest. The trails can sometimes become slippery after prolonged rain. For the evening we suggest jeans / lightweight trousers or shorts and maybe a sweater as some evenings can be cooler. In the winter months a fleece or similar is highly recommended. Swimwear if you are going to use the natural pool and flip flops or sandals can be useful.

Will I need insect repellent?

Yes, please make sure you have enough insect repellent for the duration of your trip.

Do you cater for vegetarians?

Yes, vegetarians can be catered for, but please do let us know of any dietary requirements prior to your trip.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.


15 Days

Price & Availability

From
USD6,230 / per person
Based on twin/double room
Single Supplement USD 360
This tour is operated by: Serra dos Tucanos Birding Tours

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Tour Facts

  • North-East Brazil
  • On Request
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • 2 to 8 pax (Tour for 1 person is available, please enquire, group discounts for 3+ pax available)
  • 15 Days
  • October through to February
  • +15 years
  • Moderate
  • No
  • English
  • Fortaleza International Airport
  • Ilheus Airport