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A new itinerary to a part of Brazil rarely visited by birders, with a diverse array of habitats and range-restricted birds to explore and observe.

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This new adventure takes us to Roraima, the northernmost state in Brazil, nestled between Venezuela, Guyana, and the huge Brazilian state of Amazonas. From steamy Amazonian lowlands to cloudforest-cloaked tepuis, and from Mauritia Palm swamps, savannas, and gallery forests to vast marshlands and isolated campinas, the state boasts a fabulous diversity of habitats that ultimately translates to a staggering number of birds.

In fact, some authors suggest that Roraima comprises one of the most biogeographically heterogeneous (diverse) regions in the Neotropics! In spite of this remarkable landscape diversity and a phenomenal bird list with many range-restricted species (Crestless Curassow, Sun Parakeet, Hoary-throated Spinetail, and Rio Branco and Yapacana antbirds, to name a few!) the state remains severely underbirded. Here's your opportunity to join us as we explore high ridgelines, deep forests, and trackless savannas in search of some of South America's overlooked avifauna.

Roraima has three main biogeographic realms or "areas of endemism": the Guianan, the Imeri (west of the Rio Branco), and the Pantepui extending from neighboring Venezuela. These regions have distinctive avifaunas, and we'll get a taste of all three in our ten days of birding. We'll jump out of the blocks in Boa Vista, the capital of Roraima, where we'll seek Sun Parakeets -- right in town! We'll then shoot north to the Serra do Tepequem, a southern extension of the Tepui formation (massive table mountains rising across southern Venezuela and northern Brazil). The final days of the tour will find us traversing the vast Virua National Park, where the dense forests of Amazonia give way to open campinas and savannas.

The birds we hope to find on this itinerary are numerous and spectacular. We'll do our best to track down the critically endangered Hoary-throated Spinetail and the endangered Sun Parakeet, not to mention Crested Bobwhite, Double-striped Thick-knee, Brown-throated Parakeet, Least Nighthawk, White-bellied Piculet, Sooty-capped Hermit, Tufted Coquette, Yapacana, Rio Branco and White-bellied antbirds, Bicolored Wren, and the little-known White-naped Seedeater. We'll of course keep an eye out for other wonderful species like Guianan Cock-of-the-rock, Black-headed and Caica parrots, tinamous, barbets, and large forest raptors.

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2019 Departures
Oct 23 - Nov 3

2020 Departures
Apr 22 - May 3



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Guides for our tours
Micah Riegner
Tom Johnson

What to Expect
Good accommodations, easy to moderate terrain, warm to hot climate.

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