Northeastern Brazil Mega Birding Tour 2019

September 27 - October 18, 2019
Tour Length: 22 days Est. Spaces Left: 8


Future Departures:
No Future Dates Available
Tour Leaders:
Max # Birders:
8 with Stephan Lorenz & local leader
Birds; Photography;
Intense ; Quick paced and intense, with regular long drives and mostly single night stays
Double Accommodation:
$ 7400 subj to currency fluctuations
[per person]
Single Supplement:
+ $ 530
$600 [per person]

This tour is operated by our partners, Rockjumper Tours, with our shared leader, Stephan Lorenz.

Northeast Brazil is a land of outstanding contrast: from gorgeous white-sand beaches, to arid, cactus-topped plateaus, and the humid montane slopes in between. This region has all the beauty and diversity that any birder could ever hope for. Perhaps what this area is best known for, however, is the stunning array of beautiful endemics that flourish in the diverse habitats of Ceara, Pernambuco, Alagoas and Bahia. With this in mind, our tour explores all the best sites in this fascinating region and offers an impressive bird list that includes Lear’s (Indigo) Macaw, the striking Araripe Manakin and near-mythical White-collared Kite! The immense state of Bahia is perhaps the most diverse in all of Brazil. We begin in the state of Ceara, visiting Serra de Baturite for Grey-breasted Parakeet, Ceara Gnateater and Buff-breasted Tody-Tyrant, before heading to Quixada for the rarely recorded Pygmy Nightjar. Chapada do Araripe outs us in position for the recently described Araripe Manakin and White-browed Antpitta in advance of our visit to Canudos for the Critically Endangered Lear’s Macaw! The birding continues apace, as we head to Murici Reserve for a plethora of sought after species; Alagoas Antwren, Scalloped Antbird and the incredibly adorned Seven-colored Tanager. White-collared Kite, Forbes’ Blackbird, Fringe-backed Fire-eye and Pinto’s Spinetail make up the target species near Tamandare before we head to one of the best birding sites in Brazil, Chapada Diamantina. Hailed as perhaps the most breathtakingly beautiful of all Brazilian National Parks, it host a number of localised endemics including Hooded Visorbearer the recently described Sincorá Antwren and Diamantina Tapaculo. As out tour draws to a close, we head further south to Boa Nova. Located in the southwest of Bahia state where the Montane Atlantic forests meets Caatinga, this diverse location hosts over 430 bird species. Here we shall search diligently for the recently discovered Wied’s Tyrant-Manakin, highly localised Slender Antbird, Boa Nova Tapaculo, Narrow-billed Antwren and Pin-tailed Manakin. Finally, we spend a few days in the delightful Serra Bonita Reserve, host to Pink-legged Graveteiro, Bahia Tyrannulet, White-winged Potoo, White-winged Cotinga and the extremely rare Banded Cotinga. There are few tours that can offer almost 100 endemics in a matter of 22 days, but this tour of North Eastern Brazil will do just that.

Photo: Long-billed Woodcreeper by Adam Riley


  • Meeting Location

    Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil


    Mostly comfortable, with some rustic locations



  • Top Birds

    Hooded Visorbearer, Horned Sungem, Frilled Coquette, Wied’s Tyrant-Manakin, Rusty-margined & White-browed Guans, White-collared Kite, Harpy Eagle, White-necked & Mantled Hawks, Pernambuco Pygmy Owl, Lear’s (Indigo) & Blue-winged Macaws, Grey-breasted, Jandaya, Blue-throated, Plain, Golden-capped & Cactus (Caatinga) Parakeets, Red-browed & Scaly-headed Parrots, Golden-tailed Parrotlet, Gould’s Toucanet, Red-legged Seriema, Spot-winged Wood Quail, Pygmy, Scissor-tailed, Little Nightjar and Rufous Nightjars, Ochraceous, Golden-spangled, Spotted & Tawny Piculet, Yellow-throated & Blond-crested Woodpeckers, Araripe, Band-tailed, Blue-backed, White-bearded, Red-headed, Blue & Eastern Striped Manakins, Pale-bellied Tyrant-Manakin, White-winged & Banded Cotingas, Spot-backed Puffbird, Buff-breasted, Stripe-necked & Hangnest Tody-Tyrants, Yellow-eared Woodpecker, Rufous-breasted Leaftosser, Ceara Gnateater, Lesser & Plain-brown (taunayi subspecies) Woodcreepers, Broad-tipped Hermit, Bahia, Diamantina & White-breasted Tapaculos, Hooded & Black-headed Berryeaters, Caatinga, Rufous-winged, Tufted, Silvery-cheeked, Sooretama Slaty, Rufous-capped, White-shouldered (distans subspecies) & Planalto Slaty Antshrikes, Willis’s, Stripe-backed, Slender, Rio de Janeiro, Ferruginous, Ochre-rumped, Scaled, White-bibbed & Scalloped Antbirds, Sincora, Streak-capped, Bahia, Rufous-winged, Band-tailed, Caatinga, Pectoral, Alagoas, Orange-bellied & Southern White-fringed Antwrens, White-browed Antpitta, Such’s Antthrush, Caatinga Cacholote, Collared Crescentchest, Eared & Rufous-sided Pygmy Tyrants, Cinnamon-vented Piha, Bahia Tyrannulet, Velvety-black Tyrant, Fork-tailed Tody-Tyrant, Grey-backed Tachuri, Greenish Schiffornis, Campo Oriole, Pale Baywing, Spix’s (Chicli), Grey-breasted, Bahia, Pallid,  Ochre-cheeked, Red-shouldered, Sooty-fronted & Pinto’s Spinetails, Great Xenops, Ash-throated Casiornis, Smoky-fronted Tody-Flycatcher, Forbes’ Blackbird, Bearded Bellbird, Pernambuco & White-collared Foliage-gleaners, Alagoas Tyrannulet, Hook-billed, Scale-throated, Broad-tipped & Margaretta’s Hermits, Long-tailed Woodnymph, Raquet-tailed Coquette, Black-bellied Thorntail, Fringe-backed, White-shouldered & White-backed (pernambucensis subspecies) Fire-eyes, Grey-eyed Greenlet, Silver-breasted, Brazilian, Scarlet-throated & Seven-colored Tanagers, Black-billed Scythebill, Striated Softtail, Sharpbill, Blue Finch, White-throated Seedeater, Grey Pileated Finch, Yellow-faced Siskin, Red-cowled Cardinal.

    Top Mammals
    Habitats Covered

    Humid and semi-deciduous forests, Atlantic Rainforest, Chapada, cloud forest, lowland forest, lowland Atlantic Rainforest, dry forest, scrub, caatinga and cerrado

    Expected Climate

    Warm to hot and humid, cooler in the higher lying areas

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