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BRAZIL RORAIMA ADVENTURE: Birding the Sky Islands of the Amazon
A 12-day search for montane rarities, white-sand forest endemics, and riverine specialists, all amidst some of Brazil's most breathtaking scenery.

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This adventure, inaugurated in 2018, brings us to Roraima, the northernmost state in Brazil, nestled between Venezuela, Guyana, and the state of Amazonas. From majestic Amazonian lowlands to cloudforest-cloaked Tepuis, and from palm-ribboned savannas to vast white-sand forests, the state boasts a fabulous diversity of habitats that ultimately translates into a staggering number of birds -- goodies such as Hoary-throated Spinetail, Rio Branco Antbird, Crestless Curassow, Capuchinbird, and Amazonian Umbrellabird. Roraima is also great for raptors. We'll check up on a Harpy Eagle nest near Boa Vista and keep our eyes peeled for other rarities like Orange-breasted Falcon. For those who like mammals, we'll have a great shot at Giant Anteater, Neotropic Otter, Crab-eating Fox, Amazon River Dolphin, and numerous range-restricted primates.

We begin in Boa Vista, capital of Roraima and home to Yellow Oriole, Bicolored Wren, and White-bellied Piculet. From there we bird our way north to Serra do Tepequem, a mountaintop supporting an unusual mix of Tepui and Amazonian avifauna. It's the best place in Brazil to see Tepui Swift, Green-bellied Hummingbird, White-chested Emerald, Sooty-capped Hermit, and Finsch's Euphonia at their southern outpost, not to mention the tough-to-see Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet and the abundant Red-shouldered Macaw. The views from Tepequem are spectacular: picture endless miles of forested mountains as far as the eye can see. From Tepequem we'll drive south to Virua National Park, crossing expansive stretches of grassland that are home to the bizarre Sharp-tailed Ibis and the diminutive Bearded Tachuri.

Virua contains a complex assortment of habitats from white-sand campinas to tall, hardwood forests. We'll bird the Estrada Perdida (the "Lost Highway") an abandoned roadway through some gorgeous white-sand communities where we'll look for Crestless Curassow often on the road, Crested Bobwhite, White-naped Seedeater, Pale-bellied Mourner, Black Manakin, Large-billed Seed Finch, and the rare and local Yapacana Antbird. Gray-legged Tinamou also occurs here, although it is much more easily heard than seen. The forest trails at Virua are productive, too. Here we may run into Black Curassow, Gray-winged Trumpeter, Black-headed Parrot, Cayenne Jay, and the exquisite Ferruginous-backed Antbird. Nightbirding in Virua is always exciting. At dusk, Least and Band-tailed nighthawks take flight over the campinas, accompanied by White-tailed Nightjars doing their explosive wing-popping display -- you have to see it to believe it. And along the forest trails we'll try our luck at Black-banded Owl, Tawny-bellied Screech-Owl, and other nocturnal critters.

To wrap up the tour we'll board a live-aboard river boat and explore (truly explore!) the mighty Rio Branco, the most important biogeographic barrier in this part of Brazil and home to Lesser Wagtail-Tyrant, Amazonian Umbrellabird, and Orinoco Goose. We'll canoe through remote side-channels where few birders go, so who knows what else we'll find! And with an assortment of freshly caught fish, sizzling churrasco (Brazilian barbeque), traditional manioc dishes, and refreshing tropical fruits, we can assure that you won't go hungry.

This is a lovely and little-visited corner of Brazil -- we look forward to sharing it with you!

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2020 Departures
Apr 22 - May 3 ($4475)

2021 Departures
Mar 31 - Apr 11

2022 Departures
Mar 27 - Apr 7

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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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