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BRAZIL -- MINAS GERAIS & TOCANTINS: Blue-eyed Ground-Dove and Beyond
This new itinerary visits a rich region of Brazil not covered on our other tours, one replete with rarely seen endemics and the recently rediscovered Blue-eyed Ground-Dove!

After more than 50 years without a record, "Ol' Blue-eyes" is BACK! Nooo, we're not talking about Frank, but trumpeting the encore of a species feared perhaps gone forever. It's the Blue-eyed Ground-Dove, alive and, well, pretty well. How would you like to meet this marvelous little columbid, and to help make it better, stronger, and living longer? You can bet Field Guides is fully on-board with that, and we're delighted to announce that we're ready to draft a few enthusiastic tour participants for a birding trip extraordinaire through the wilds of Minas Gerais -- the only known stronghold of the Blue-eyed Ground-Dove -- and beyond. We'll be privileged to visit the new, critically important reserve created just a few months ago by the collaborative effort of SAVE Brasil and Rainforest Trust to protect the ground-dove and numerous other rare and localized birds and plants inhabiting the ancient, rocky uplands of eastern Minas.

From there, it's all downhill (literally, not figuratively) as we wend our way westward into the vast valley of the Rio São Francisco, the most important river (biogeographically and socio-economically) in eastern Brazil. Expect to tally a bunch of rarely seen endemic species, the likes of Plain-tailed (Bahia) Nighthawk, Golden-capped Parakeet, Chestnut-capped Foliage-gleaner, Moustached Woodcreeper, Silvery-cheeked Antshrike, Caatinga Antwren, Sao Francisco Black-Tyrant, Minas Gerais Tyrannulet, Reiser's Tyrannulet (both tyrannulets very poorly known birds), Scarlet-throated Tanager, Sao Francisco Sparrow, and, if there are adequate flowers in bloom, possibly the newly described "Dry-forest Sabrewing" (Campylopterus calcirupicola), which may prove to be specifically distinct from the highly localized form of Large-tailed Sabrewing, with which its range abuts.

Building on a star-studded first week, we'll head straight into another one. The relatively small state of Tocantins, west of Minas Gerais, is Brazil's newest state, and one few tourists have visited. The dominant geographic feature there is the great Rio Araguaia, which marks a gateway to Amazonia. We'll settle in for several days at a private, family-run fazenda (huge ranch) on the Araguaia that is peaceful, comfortable, and superbly birdy. Those of you who have birded the Pantanal will immediately be reminded of that wonderful place as we roll through the landscape in the back of elevated trucks and take boat trips on the river. Unlike the Pantanal, however, the Araguaia harbors some endemic species of birds, including Bananal Antbird, Crimson-fronted Cardinal, and a highly distinctive spinetail that has not yet been described to science!

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2019 Departures
May 25 - Jun 9

2020 Departures
May 23 - Jun 7

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Guides for our tours
Bret Whitney
Marcelo Barreiros

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

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