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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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For an informative overview of all our current itineraries to this country--and how to choose among them--see Field Guides Brazil Tours.

This new adventure, which we scouted to great success in 2018 (triplist here) on an unadvertised trip, 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 into 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 begin our tour in Boa Vista, the capital of Roraima, where we'll seek Bicolored Wrens, Slate-headed Tody-Flycatchers, and Yellow Orioles at the edge of town. We'll then head north to Serra do Tepequem, a southern extension of the Tepui formation (massive table mountains rising across southern Venezuela and northern Brazil) where we'll spend several days in the foothill forest looking for Tepui Swifts, Sooty-capped Hermits, and Green-bellied Hummingbirds. The final days of the tour will find us in Virua National Park birding a variety of habitats including white-sand campinas, home to a handful of birds found nowhere else. We've also decided to add an overnight boat trip to explore (truly explore!) the creeks and side-channels of the mighty Rio Branco. Who knows what we'll find!

The birds we hope to see 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, Sharp-tailed Ibis, Double-striped Thick-knee, Black-headed Parrot, Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet, Red-shouldered Macaw, Least Nighthawk, White-bellied Piculet, Sooty-capped Hermit, Tufted Coquette, Yapacana, Rio Branco, Willis's, and White-bellied antbirds, Bearded Tachuri, Bicolored Wren, Large-billed Seed-Finch, and the little-known White-naped Seedeater. We'll of course keep an eye out for outlandish cotingas like the Guianan Cock-of-the-rock, Capuchinbird, White Bellbird, and the hulking Amazonian Umbrellabird.

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2019 Departures
Oct 23 - Nov 3 ($4475)

2020 Departures
Apr 22 - May 3

2021 Departures
Apr 21 - May 2



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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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