Hosts: Edson Endrigo, Pedro Develey, & Luís Fábio Silveira|
Length: One day to several
Number of guests: 1 to several
Languages: English, Portugese
Fee: Depends entirely on which destinations are chosen, and the nature of accommodations required.
We invite our visitors to look over the following destinations and to let us know where you would like to go, and what species you wish to see. All three of us guides know these areas and the birds there very well, so any of us may be chosen to accompany you during your tour. All the bird pictures on this page are taken by and copyrighted by Nelson Endrigo, and the following destination descriptions are in Edson's own English:
Serra da Cantareira State Park:
Serra da Cantareira is an Atlantic rain forest state park, 20 minutes from downtown São Paulo. It's the perfect place to watch birds such as the Surucua Trogon, Blond-crested Woodpecker, Lineated Woodpecker, Scaled Woodcreeper, Golden-crowned Warbler, Brassy-breasted Tanager, Green-winged Saltator, Blue Dacnis, Swallow-tailed Manakin.
Intervales State park:
Intervales State Park (Parque Estadual Intervales), is located in the Paranapiacaba mountain range (Serra de Paranapiacaba), about 270 km south of the city of São Paulo. It's one of Brazil's most significant areas concerning what remains of the Atlantic rain forest.Atlantic forest endemics can be found, as the Black fronted Piping Guan, Red-breasted Toucan, Giant Antshrike, White-bearded Antshrike and Hooded Berryeater.
One of the most beautiful areas in the coast of Brazil, the region has a large portion of well preserved lowland Atlantic Forest, good tracks of "restinga" or white sand forest and also some mangroves along the rivers. Some interesting birds that we can see are the Scaly-headed Parrot, White-tailed Trogon, Channel-billed Toucan, Saw-billed Hermit, Bare-throated Bellbird, Scaled Antbird, Squamate Antbird, Blue Manakin, Slaty Bristlefront and Brazilian Tanager.
Campos do Jordão State Park:
Located in the top of the Serra da Mantiqueira, the region preserves one the largest Araucaria (Brazilian Pine) forests of southeastern Brazil. Other types of vegetation can be found, as cloud Atlantic forest and natural grasslands on the top of the mountains. Interesting species that can be found are Vinaceous-breasted Parrot, Brazilian Ruby, Golden-winged Cacique, Araucaria Tit-Spinetail, Rusty-barred Owl and Long-trained Nightjar.
Serra do Caraça:
The Caraça mountain ridge is a reservation located in the southern area of the Espinhaço mountain range, in the state of Minas Gerais. Fauna and flora are very diversified. Higher altitudes and fields with rocky outcrops display species endemic to the Espinhaço mountain range, such as...Hyacinth Visorbearer, Gray-backed Tachuri and Pale-throated Serra-Finch. Within the forests, many Atlantic rain forest bird species can be observed, such as the Crescent-chested Puffbird, Serra Antbird, Swallow-tailed Cotinga, Cinnamon-vented Piha, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Serra do Mar Tyrant-Manakin and Brassy-breasted Tanager.
Serra da Canastra National Park:
The Serra da Canastra National Park is a large area (72,000 ha) composed mainly by "cerrados" and "campo limpo" (grasslands) in the top of "chapada", with riparian forest along the São Francisco River, one of the largest of Brazil. At lowlands we found well-preserved patches of Atlantic forest. Many beautiful waterfalls, such the spectacular Casca d'Anta, with c. 80 m high. Many interesting and rare species of birds can be found, as the Brasilia Tapaculo, Grassland Sparrow, Sharp-tailed Tyrant, White-rumped Monjita, Band-winged Nightjar, Peach-fronted Parakeet, Brazilian Merganser and Black-throated Saltator.
Itatiaia National Park:
This is the first Brazilian National Park, established in 1937, with 30,000 ha. The area spans elevational gradient, ranging from 300 m (humid Atlantic forest) up to 2,800 m ("campo de altitude"). In the lowlands forests we can see a large number of palm trees (Euterpe edulis), now highly threatened by the harvesting. Interesting bird species found as the Dusky-legged Guan, Frilled Coquette, Brazilian Ruby, Lesser Woodcreeper, Grey-hooded Attila, Blue-Manakin, Bare-throated Bellbird, Itatiaia Thistletail, Brassy-breasted Tanager and Gilt-headed Tanager.
Pantanal is the largest wetland area in the world. Pantanal is a mixed of vegetations, as patches of dry forests, riparian forests, "cerrados" and swamps. This is one of the best places in Brazil to watch large birds and mammals. Interesting bird species are Undulated Tinamou, Anhinga, Capped Heron, Jabiru, Buff-necked Ibis, Roseate Spoonbills, Southern Screamer, Snail Kite, Hyacinthine macaw, Turquoise-fronted Parrot, Toco Toucan, Silver-beaked Tanager and Ferruginous Pygmy Owl.
A large mangrove located in SE of São Paulo city, Cubatão holds the largest population of Scarlet Ibis in the Eastern coast of Brazil. In the 70's and 80's the region suffered with pollution, but now is a interesting place to watch seabirds and shorebirds. Interesting species can be seen, as the Scarlet Ibis, Nyctanassa violacea, Harris Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Black Skimmer and Sterna hirundinacea.
Birdlist for the Serra da Cantareira