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Only two hours from Rio de Janeiro, in that exciting zone of endemism known as the Atlantic Forest, lies 113,000-acre Tres Picos State Park. Situated within this enormous park--itself less than an hour from "The Finger of God," jutting skyward out of Serra dos Orgaos National Park--is a lovely lodge called Serra dos Tucanos, an absolutely perfect location to immerse ourselves in the fantastic avifauna of southeastern Brazil. Some 200 species, to date, have been recorded on the grounds of this relatively new lodge, 59 of them Atlantic Forest endemics!
Nestled between steep forested mountains at about 1300 feet on a transformed family fazenda, the lodge will be our base from which we'll bird for more than a week, exploring a range of elevations (up to about 7000 feet) and habitats (from lowland forest to foothill bamboo and high-altitude grassland). This translates into the possibility for a plethora of exciting endemics, from Saw-billed Hermit and Black-billed Scythebill to White-bearded Antshrike and Black-cheeked Gnateater, from Black-and-gold Cotinga and Itatiaia Thistletail to Three-toed Jacamar and Gray-winged Cotinga! Should we miss a few of these, there will be bellbirds and berryeaters, antshrikes and antvireos, tanagers and toucans, puffbirds and plovercrests aplenty to pleasantly appease us--and tongue-tie us, you bet!
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