Southeastern Brazil Part III Oct 22—Nov 01, 2012

Posted by Andrew Whittaker

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Andrew Whittaker

Andrew Whittaker was born in England but considers himself to be Brazilian, having moved to this biodiverse country in 1987 to work for the Smithsonian Institution, banding...

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Once again, Espírito Santo provided exciting birding that complemented Parts I & II of our Southeast Brazil tour. Included among this year’s highlights were some fabulous hummingbird spectacles at various feeding stations (22 species total, including such rarities as Stripe-breasted Starthroat and Ruby-topaz Hummingbird, as well as more expected species seldom seen at feeders, such as Minute Hermit), more than 70 regional endemics (among them, such rarities as Red-billed Curassow, Ochre-marked Parakeet, Red-browed Parrot, Plumbeous Antvireo, Black-headed Berryeater, and Swallow-tailed Cotinga), productive nightbirding that resulted in stunning views of Ocellated Poorwill and Tawny-browed Owl, and an unexpected Atlantic Forest endemic making its debut appearance on this tour: Rio de Janeiro Antbird!

All in all, it was another great tour, and we particularly congratulate those of you who completed the entire Southeast Brazil Trilogy. Those that took the entire Southeast Brazil Tour (the “Trilogy”) racked up a staggering total of 545 species, of which 182 (33.3%) were regional and/or Brazilian endemics! It was a long and terrific ride! And for those who took only Part III, we trust this will have whet your appetites for more exceptional birding in other parts of Brazil’s unique Atlantic Forest.

Favorite Birds of the Trip (as voted by the group)

1. Red-billed Curassow
2. Rio de Janeiro Antbird
3. Frilled Coquette
4. Ochre-marked Parakeet
5. Streamer-tailed Tyrant