PO Box 9021, Wilmington, DE 19809, USA
E-mail: font@focusonnature.com
Phone: Toll-free in USA 1-8
 or 302/529-1876


A focus on Nature Tour 



for birds, butterflies,
 mammals, and other nature 

including thE

Atlantic Forest

in the hills 
at Itatiaia and INTERVALES

NEAR the coast 
at ubatuba


In Southeastern 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.  


October 2-10, 2012

(tour: FON/BR-3, '12)

With the extension 
to Iguazu Falls:

October 2-14, 2012 

(tour FON/BR-3 & 3A)


Tour to be led by Armas Hill, who has birded in Brazil many times,
during 50 visits to the country.


A 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) 

Butterflies of Brazil & Argentina, including those at Iguazu Falls  (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):

Tue, Oct. 2: 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.   

Wed, Oct. 3: Our first morning at Itatiaia will be a splash of color, at the feeders with quite an assortment of tanagers and toucanets, euphonias and chlorophonias. And, oh yes, the hummingbirds. And that's just for starters. Throughout the day, in the forest, there will be much more, with trogons, motmots, and various flycatchers, furnariids, and antbirds. Mixed flocks in the forest will provide a number of interesting species. Overnight at Itatiaia.

Tanagers & Chlorophonias photographed at a feeder
during a FONT Tour in Southeast Brazil
(photo by Dan Coleman)


Thu, Oct. 4:  There's so much birding at Itatiaia that this day will be filled with more. Overnight, again, at Itatiaia.    

Fri, Oct. 5:  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".

Sat, Oct. 6: 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 a FONT tour by Rosemary Lloyd)

Sun, Oct. 7:  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.

Mon, Oct. 8:  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.

Tue, Oct. 9:  A full-day of birding in the Intervales area. Overnight there again.

Wed, Oct. 10:  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 Thursday, Oct 11.)

Or, for those who wish, an Optional Extension to Iguazu Falls for Butterflies & Birds:

Iguazu Falls, along the Brazil-Argentine border,
is a spectacular place,
and the national parks on both sides of the falls
are great for birds, butterflies, and other nature.

Wed, Oct 10  After a late-day flight from Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguazu, the first of 4 overnights at Iguazu, at a fine hotel with pleasant grounds, good for enjoying nature, adjacent to the national park.

Thu, Oct 11 thru Sat Oct 13:
   In the area of the spectacular Iguazu Falls, there will be some wonderful nature for us, including birds, butterflies, and mammals, in the national parks on both sides of the river in Argentina & Brazil. 
We'll also, during a portion of one day, visit Paraguay, where there would be a different habitat with some different birds and other nature. 
In the area of Iguazu, numerous birds are to be seen, including toucans, trogons, and tanagers of various sorts. Some notable other birds inhabiting the forest would include the Ruff-ruffed Fruitcrow and Robust Woodpecker. Swarms of Great Dusky Swifts occur at the falls. 
Regarding the butterflies, some to be see are noted in the caption below. Iguazu Falls is one of the best places anywhere for the observation and photography of butterflies.
Three nights (Oct 11, 12, 13) at Iguazu. 

Some butterflies photographed during 
FONT tour at Iguazu Falls,
above: the Turquoise Emperor
and below:  the Spotlight  Catone
and an "88", Diatheria clymena.

Among butterflies seen at Iguazu Falls,
during previous FONT tours, have been these:
Polydamas Swallowtail, Androgeus Swallowtail, Black Swallowtail,
Southern Dogface, White-angled Sulphur, Cloudless Sulphur, Large Orange Sulphur,
Two-spotted Prepona, Small Beauty, Orion Cecropian, Red Rim, Red Cracker,
Florida Purplewing, Ruddy Daggerwing, Spotlight Catone, 
"88" Diatheria clymena, Malachite, Rusty-tipped Page, White Peacock,
Bordered Patch, Gulf Fritillary, Julia Heliconian, Erato Heliconian, Zebra Heliconian,
Variegated Fritillary, Monarch, Morpho anchillides, Magnificent Owl Butterfly


Sun Oct 14:  After a final morning at Iguazu, an afternoon flight to Sao Paulo connecting to the international flights for home.
(Arrival in North America would be the morning of Monday, Oct 15.) 

Price for the Southeast Brazil Oct 2-10 Tour:  
US $2,195 per person,
based upon double-occupancy. 
Single supplement
(when applicable): US $295.

Price for the Southeast Brazil Tour with Iguazu Falls, Oct 2-14:
US $2,795 per person, based upon double-occupancy.
Single supplement (when applicable): US $425 

Price for the Iguazu Falls Extension only, Oct 10-14:
US $1,125 per person, based upon double-occcupancy.
Single supplement (when applicable): US $225   

Prices include:    
All overnight accommodations.
All meals.
Ground transportation in Brazil.
Admissions to national parks.
Services of the FONT birding tour leader. 

Prices do not
Drinks and any other items of a 
personal nature. Gratuities.
International flights to/from Brazil. Or flights within Brazil. 
(Within the Southeast Brazil 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 the Oct 2-10 tour.

A deposit of US $500 is required to register for the Oct 2-14 tour.

Above: a Saffron Toucanet at a feeder
Below: a Black-tufted Capuchin
(both photographed during previous FONT tours
in Southeast Brazil, by Dan Coleman)

And both the Saffron Toucanet and Caphuchins
have been seen during FONT tours in both Southeast Brazil
and at Iguazu Falls


 Also  during FONT tours in Southeastern  Brazil and at Iguazu
have been the Robust Woodpecker
and the Morpho butterfly, Morpho anchillides.
(in the photographs below)



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