Box 9021, Wilmington, DE 19809, USA
Phone: Toll-free in USA 1-800-721-9986
focus on Nature Tour
for birds, butterflies,
mammals, and other nature
in the hills
at Itatiaia and INTERVALES
and NEAR the coast
this part of Brazil,
there's an assortment of avian specialties & rarities,
including many birds either endemic to Brazil
or nearly so.
The Brassy-breasted Tanager,
in southeastern Brazil,
is endemic to the country.
August 16-24, 2012
(tour: FON/BR-3, '12)
This tour can be done in conjunction with Tour BR-2 '12
in Rio Grande do Sul, August 5-15, 2012
Tour to be led by Armas Hill, who has birded in Brazil many
during 50 visits to the country.
List, with some Photos, of Brazilian Birds, noting those during previous FONT tours:
Part #1: Tinamous to Doves
Part #2: Macaws to Flycatchers
Part #3: Antshrikes to Grosbeaks
List of Birds in Southeast Brazil
Rare & Threatened Birds of Brazil (with some photos)
Brazilian Mammals & Other Wildlife (with some photos)
Highlights of Some Previous FONT Birding & Nature Tours in Brazil
Tour Registration Form
Itinerary (price follows):Thu, Aug. 16: Arrival in Sao Paulo, Brazil, followed by a drive east, of about 3 hours, to one of the best birding places in southeastern Brazil, the Itatiaia National Park. Birding along the way, and upon arrival at Itatiaia, in the hills of the Atlantic Forest. This area contains a number of birds that are either Brazilian endemics (or nearly so), or specialties of the southeast. The first of two overnights in a nice hotel, nestled in the hills, in the national park of Itatiaia.
Tanagers & Chlorophonias photographed at a feeder
during the August 2007 FONT Tour in Southeast Brazil
(photo by Dan Coleman)
There's so much birding at Itatiaia that this day will be filled with more.
Overnight, again, at Itatiaia.
Sun, Aug. 19: This day at Itatiaia we'll be heading to "the other side of the mountain", the side, at an upper elevation, with the Black-and-gold Cotinga, two species of warbling-finches, and another cast of avian characters of antbirds, furnariids, and the like. Among the latter, the Itatiaia namesake, the Itatiaia Thistletail. And the Black-and-gold may not be the only Cotinga, as the Red-ruffed Fruitcrow occurs. Overnight again at Itatiaia, but at a different hotel "on the other side of the mountain".
Mon, Aug. 20: Our previous overnight location gives us another opportunity for birding along the Aguilas Negras Road (where we were the previous day), but this time in the early morning when our chances will be greater to see some skulkers: 2 species of anthrushes, an antpitta, and a tapaculo.
Travel mid-day to the coast, specifically to Ubatuba, with along the way of a nice bird, the Streamer-tailed Tyrant. Overnight at Ubatuba.
A Yellow-fronted Woodpecker
photographed during a FONT tour in southeast Brazil,
a colorful bird with more than yellow in its plumage.
(photo during the Aug 2007 tour by Rosemary Lloyd)
21: In the area of Ubatuba,
there's some fine birding in the lower elevations of the Atlantic Forest. One
species, a small cotinga, called the Buff-throated Purpletuft, is
virtually endemic to this region. It's silent. The Bare-throated Bellbird, also
in the area, is not. In this coastal region, also with portions of the Atlantic
Forest, many of the birds will be different than those where we were earlier at
the higher elevations at Itatiaia. This is the case with tanagers, flycatchers,
hummingbirds, antbirds, and others. Overnight again at Ubatuba.
Wed, Aug. 22: Some final morning birding in the Ubatuba. Later this day we'll travel, about 3 hours, to the west side of the city of Sao Paulo, to another places in hills. It's called Intervales, and it can be a good location for some specialty birds, such as: Black-fronted Piping-Guan, Spotted Bamboowren, and Long-trained Nightjar. Of course, there would be other birds as well. The rare Blue-bellied Parrot is not easily seen, but it could be. Overnight at Intervales.
Thu, Aug. 23: A full-day of birding in the Intervales area. Overnight there again.
Fri, Aug. 24: After our last morning's birding, we'll head in the afternoon to the international airport at Sao Paulo. From there, departure for home will be on an overnight flight, either to North America, or wherever home is. (Arrival back in North America would be the morning of Saturday, Aug 25.)
Price: US $2,895 per person, based upon double-occupancy.
Single supplement (when applicable): US $295.
All overnight accommodations.
Ground transportation in Brazil.
Services of the FONT birding tour leader.
Does not include:
Drinks and any other items of a personal nature. Gratuities.
International flights to/from Brazil.
(With this tour there are no Brazilian internal flights)
"Focus On Nature
Tours" can arrange air travel,
and would seek the best possible fares.
A deposit of US
$400 is required to register for this tour.
Above: a Saffron Toucanet at a feeder
Below: a Black-tufted Capuchin
(both photographed during the August 2007 FONT tour
in Southeast Brazil, by Dan Coleman)