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Field Guides Tour Report
Alta Floresta & the Pantanal, Brazil 2018
Jun 22, 2018 to Jul 7, 2018
Marcelo Padua & Marcelo Barreiros

Bare-eyed Antbird is a rarely-seen Brazilian endemic bird, but we had outstanding views this year. Video by guide Marcelo Barreiros.

It’s amazing to visit three different biomes in a single tour, especially when speaking about a huge country such as Brazil. The Chapada dos Guimarães area is a flat plateau, with Cerrado habitat on its foothills and lower lands. To the north, we have the beginning of the Amazon forest, and to the southwest, the fantastic Pantanal.

This year we had a great start with a female Amethyst Woodstar spotted by Pat, great looks at a Small-billed Tinamou crossing the road in a wonderful moment, and to finish the first day, a group of Curl-crested Jays foraging for a few minutes. On the following days we had many other nice things, such as Checkered-Woodpecker, Aplomado Falcon, great looks at two Yellow-faced Parrots, and Suiriri and Chapada Flycatchers displaying for us, so we could see the differences. One of the biggest surprises was a pair of Maned Wolves walking through an open field with the cattle.

After great moments in the Cerrado, we flew to the Cristalino Jungle Lodge, a paradise in the pristine Amazon forest. From the moment we left the access road and got in the boat to the Lodge, it seemed that anything was possible, and after a few minutes we saw a Razor-billed Curassow foraging near the Cristalino river. We are lucky people to have had the opportunity to spend a week in that paradise with several trails, two canopy towers and a wonderful river.

The towers were great and some good birds showed up, such as the Tooth-billed Wren, two White-browed Hawks, a group of Paradise Tanagers, the spectacular Spangled Cotinga seen a few times, the rarely seen Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet and Dotted Tanager, plus great looks at Red-fan Parrot, Curl-crested Aracari, Gould’s Toucanet and many others.

The Cristalino Jungle Lodge has many good trails and we had some great times walking through it, and we had fantastic encounters, for example, with three nice antswarms. Nice birds might be found following the ants, and in one of those moments, we had great looks at a ghost -- a Scaled Ground-cuckoo foraging for several minutes close to the group. We found another antswarm a couple of days later, and one of the most wanted birds on the tour was there, the Brazilian endemic Bare-eyed Antbird. It was great to see those birds foraging with the antswarm for half an hour. Beside that, the beautiful Black-spotted Bare-eye and some Woodcreepers were seen as well.

In addition, the elusive Alta Floresta Antpitta was seen in the scope for a few minutes and ten minutes later, great looks at the colorful Collared Puffbird. Other highlights were a pair of Pavonine Quetzal, Rufous-necked Puffbird, Red-necked Woodpecker, Blue-cheeked and Great Jacamar, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Hoatzin and the most powerful raptor of the Americas, a female Harpy Eagle, seen during a boat trip on the Cristalino river.

The Pantanal was great and enjoyable, as always, and it started with a Southern Tamandua and a Common Potoo on the entrance road to Piuval Lodge. It’s wonderful to be there and see how full of life the Pantanal biome is. Beside the birds, the Pantanal was great for mammals such as the Crab-eating Fox, Marsh Deer, Yellow (or Hairy) Armadillo, a very nice Jaguarundi crossing the road, and spectacular views of Jaguars. This year we saw four individuals in one day, including a pair of them mating many times on a sand beach.

We hope that you all enjoyed our time together as much as we did, and we are looking forward to seeing you and birding again on another Field Guides tour.


Marcelo Barreiros

One of the following keys may be shown in brackets for individual species as appropriate: * = heard only, I = introduced, E = endemic, N = nesting, a = austral migrant, b = boreal migrant

Rheidae (Rheas)
GREATER RHEA (Rhea americana) – Page 1, number 1! It's always great to see that huge bird on the open areas of Pantanal.
Tinamidae (Tinamous)
UNDULATED TINAMOU (Crypturellus undulatus) – Three individuals feeding in the backyard of our friend Satiro, on the way to Porto Jofre.
VARIEGATED TINAMOU (Crypturellus variegatus) [*]
SMALL-BILLED TINAMOU (Crypturellus parvirostris) – On the very first afternoon, we saw a bird crossing the road close to the group. Very nice start!
Anhimidae (Screamers)
SOUTHERN SCREAMER (Chauna torquata) – Great looks in the Pantanal.
Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
WHITE-FACED WHISTLING-DUCK (Dendrocygna viduata) – A group feeding in a wetland during a nice tractor trip at Piuval Lodge.
BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK (Dendrocygna autumnalis) – Common in the Pantanal.
MUSCOVY DUCK (Cairina moschata)
BRAZILIAN TEAL (Amazonetta brasiliensis) – Great looks during the Pantanal part of the tour.
Cracidae (Guans, Chachalacas, and Curassows)
CHACO CHACHALACA (Ortalis canicollis) – Our daily alarm clock in the Pantanal!
SPIX'S GUAN (Penelope jacquacu) – Seen feeding at CJL (Cristalino Jungle Lodge) and later close to the ground foraging with an antswarm.
CHESTNUT-BELLIED GUAN (Penelope ochrogaster)
BLUE-THROATED PIPING-GUAN (Pipile cumanensis) – Seen a few times in the Pantanal.
RAZOR-BILLED CURASSOW (Mitu tuberosum) – On the way to the Cristalino Jungle Lodge we saw a male foraging on the water edge. What a great welcome to the Amazon forest!
BARE-FACED CURASSOW (Crax fasciolata)
Ciconiidae (Storks)
MAGUARI STORK (Ciconia maguari) – Two birds spotted by our driver Luis in the Pantanal.

Guide Marcelo Barreiros captured this video of a huge Jabiru preparing to sit on its nest.
JABIRU (Jabiru mycteria) – One of the greatest stars of the Pantanal!
WOOD STORK (Mycteria americana)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
NEOTROPIC CORMORANT (Phalacrocorax brasilianus)
Anhingidae (Anhingas)
ANHINGA (Anhinga anhinga)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
LEAST BITTERN (Ixobrychus exilis) – A very cooperative bird gave us a show on the last morning. The photographers were thankful!
RUFESCENT TIGER-HERON (Tigrisoma lineatum)
COCOI HERON (Ardea cocoi)
GREAT EGRET (Ardea alba)
SNOWY EGRET (Egretta thula)
LITTLE BLUE HERON (Egretta caerulea)
CATTLE EGRET (Bubulcus ibis)
STRIATED HERON (Butorides striata)
WHISTLING HERON (Syrigma sibilatrix) – A pair of birds seen in the Pantanal from our bus.
CAPPED HERON (Pilherodius pileatus) – Seen many times on our boat trips on Cristalino river and a couple of times in the Pantanal.
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON (Nycticorax nycticorax)
BOAT-BILLED HERON (Cochlearius cochlearius) – We saw a group of birds, including some juveniles, at Piuval Lodge. Great looks in the scope!
Threskiornithidae (Ibises and Spoonbills)
WHITE-FACED IBIS (Plegadis chihi) – Seen on the first morning in the Pantanal and later seen flying over our heads! It was nice to see the difference between them and Bare-faced Ibis in flight.
GREEN IBIS (Mesembrinibis cayennensis)
BARE-FACED IBIS (Phimosus infuscatus) – Common in the Pantanal.
PLUMBEOUS IBIS (Theristicus caerulescens)
BUFF-NECKED IBIS (Theristicus caudatus)
ROSEATE SPOONBILL (Platalea ajaja) – This beautiful pink bird was seen a few times in the Pantanal.
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
BLACK VULTURE (Coragyps atratus)
TURKEY VULTURE (Cathartes aura)
LESSER YELLOW-HEADED VULTURE (Cathartes burrovianus) – Common in the Pantanal.
KING VULTURE (Sarcoramphus papa) – The King was seen twice during our week in the Amazon forest.
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
SWALLOW-TAILED KITE (Elanoides forficatus) – A group of 15 birds drinking water in a small lake close at Alta Floresta town.
HARPY EAGLE (Harpia harpyja) – This huge raptor was seen late in the afternoon on the way back to Cristalino Lodge. We went to the same spot on the next morning and the bird sang a few times but, unfortunately, did not show up.
BLACK HAWK-EAGLE (Spizaetus tyrannus) [*]
BLACK-AND-WHITE HAWK-EAGLE (Spizaetus melanoleucus) – A single bird seen soaring close to Cristalino river.
BLACK-COLLARED HAWK (Busarellus nigricollis)
SNAIL KITE (Rostrhamus sociabilis) – Hundreds of them in the Pantanal.
DOUBLE-TOOTHED KITE (Harpagus bidentatus) – We had a bird flying bellow eye level from the Tower I, at CJL.
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK (RUFOUS-THIGHED) (Accipiter striatus erythronemius) – A single bird flying across the Rio Claro, in the Pantanal.
CRANE HAWK (BANDED) (Geranospiza caerulescens gracilis) – Seen a few times during the tour.
SAVANNA HAWK (Buteogallus meridionalis)
GREAT BLACK HAWK (Buteogallus urubitinga)
ROADSIDE HAWK (Rupornis magnirostris)
WHITE-TAILED HAWK (Geranoaetus albicaudatus)
WHITE HAWK (Pseudastur albicollis)
WHITE-BROWED HAWK (Leucopternis kuhli) – Great look on our first morning at CJL, from the Tower I. Two birds were very responsive to the calls and landed close to the tower for several minutes.
GRAY-LINED HAWK (Buteo nitidus)

The Sunbittern looks "just cool" when is foraging but it looks FANTASTIC in flight! Photo by guide Marcelo Barreiros.

Eurypygidae (Sunbittern)
SUNBITTERN (Eurypyga helias) – Seen a few times on Cristalino River and later, in the Pantanal, we had a pair of birds foraging close to the road and we had nice looks at these beautiful birds flying!
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
YELLOW-BREASTED CRAKE (Hapalocrex flaviventer) – One of the hardest ones to get on this tour, on the last morning at Piuval Bay, we had a very relaxed bird foraging on the water hyacinth.
RUFOUS-SIDED CRAKE (Laterallus melanophaius) – We were trying to get closer to a Least Bittern and our boat driver Osvaldo, from the Piuval Lodge, spotted two of these shy birds walking close to our boats. Thanks, Osvaldo!
GRAY-BREASTED CRAKE (Laterallus exilis) – We had 3 species of Crakes in 30 minutes at Piuval Bay.This one was the first seen just before our boat trip. Congratulations, guys!
GRAY-COWLED WOOD-RAIL (Aramides cajaneus) – Seen a few times during the Pantanal part of the trip.
PURPLE GALLINULE (Porphyrio martinica)
AZURE GALLINULE (Porphyrio flavirostris) – Great looks at Piuval Bay.
Heliornithidae (Finfoots)
SUNGREBE (Heliornis fulica) – One of the best moments of the tour, a very relaxed bird foraging really close to the boat on Cuiabá river.
Aramidae (Limpkin)
LIMPKIN (Aramus guarauna)

The water is getting low when we run our tour, so this is a very good season to see birds like the Black-necked Stilt (White-backed) foraging around the Pantanal. Photo by guide Marcelo Barreiros.

Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
BLACK-NECKED STILT (WHITE-BACKED) (Himantopus mexicanus melanurus)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
PIED LAPWING (Vanellus cayanus) – Nice looking bird seen on the Cristalino river and later in the Pantanal.
SOUTHERN LAPWING (Vanellus chilensis)
COLLARED PLOVER (Charadrius collaris)
Jacanidae (Jacanas)
WATTLED JACANA (Jacana jacana)
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
YELLOW-BILLED TERN (Sternula superciliaris)
LARGE-BILLED TERN (Phaetusa simplex)
BLACK SKIMMER (Rynchops niger)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
ROCK PIGEON (Columba livia)
PALE-VENTED PIGEON (Patagioenas cayennensis)
SCALED PIGEON (Patagioenas speciosa) – One of the most beautiful Pigeons in Brazil!
PICAZURO PIGEON (Patagioenas picazuro)
PLUMBEOUS PIGEON (Patagioenas plumbea)
RUDDY PIGEON (Patagioenas subvinacea) [*]
RUDDY GROUND-DOVE (Columbina talpacoti)
PICUI GROUND-DOVE (Columbina picui)
BLUE GROUND-DOVE (Claravis pretiosa) – Great looks at a group of birds, including males and females, foraging in a salt lick area.
LONG-TAILED GROUND-DOVE (Uropelia campestris) – Nice little dove with those yellow patches around the eyes, seen in the scope in the Pantanal.

A great surprise on our first morning of the tour was the sight of two Maned Wolves at Chapada dos Guimarães. Video by guide Marcelo Barreiros.
WHITE-TIPPED DOVE (Leptotila verreauxi)
Opisthocomidae (Hoatzin)
HOATZIN (Opisthocomus hoazin) – It's nice to see this very old bird family at Cristalino river.
Cuculidae (Cuckoos)
GUIRA CUCKOO (Guira guira)
SMOOTH-BILLED ANI (Crotophaga ani)
STRIPED CUCKOO (Tapera naevia)
PAVONINE CUCKOO (Dromococcyx pavoninus) [*]
SCALED GROUND-CUCKOO (Neomorphus squamiger) – Well, this is one of those ghosts that live in the Amazonian dark understory. This year, we had the pleasure to see this bird following an antswarm. It was possible, mainly, because our group was very focused and quiet. Well done, guys!
LITTLE CUCKOO (Coccycua minuta) – Seen really well in the Pantanal.
SQUIRREL CUCKOO (Piaya cayana)
BLACK-BELLIED CUCKOO (Piaya melanogaster) – A single bird foraging near to the Tower I on the first morning at Cristalino.
Strigidae (Owls)
TROPICAL SCREECH-OWL (Megascops choliba) – Two birds came in close to us at Rio Claro Lodge entrance road.
TAWNY-BELLIED SCREECH-OWL (AUSTRAL) (Megascops watsonii usta) – Beautiful little owl seen practically on top of our heads on a CJL trail.
CRESTED OWL (Lophostrix cristata) – Five minutes after the Screech-Owl, this elegant Owl was seen in the scope for the group!
GREAT HORNED OWL (Bubo virginianus) – Two chicks seen on the nest with their parents watching them from a close tree.
AMAZONIAN PYGMY-OWL (Glaucidium hardyi) – This tiny owl was seen, through the scope, up on the Serra trail, on CJL.

This little Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl was captured by digiscoping at Piuval Lodge. Video by guide Marcelo Barreiros.
FERRUGINOUS PYGMY-OWL (Glaucidium brasilianum) – Seen at Piuval Lodge and heard a few more times later.
BURROWING OWL (Athene cunicularia)
MOTTLED OWL (Ciccaba virgata) [*]
Caprimulgidae (Nightjars and Allies)
NACUNDA NIGHTHAWK (Chordeiles nacunda) – This is the biggest Nighthawk in the world and at this time of the year, hundreds of them are all over the Pantanal.
SHORT-TAILED NIGHTHAWK (Lurocalis semitorquatus) – Seen at dusk during a boat trip on the Cristalino river.
BLACKISH NIGHTJAR (Nyctipolus nigrescens) – A couple of old friends roosting on the staff house roof at CJL.
COMMON PAURAQUE (Nyctidromus albicollis)
LADDER-TAILED NIGHTJAR (Hydropsalis climacocerca)
SCISSOR-TAILED NIGHTJAR (Hydropsalis torquata) – A female seen during a night spot-lighting trip at Piuval Lodge.
OCELLATED POORWILL (Nyctiphrynus ocellatus) [*]
Nyctibiidae (Potoos)
GREAT POTOO (Nyctibius grandis) – Just before we had seen a Scissor-tailed Nightjar, we saw the Potoo eye shining and was possible to get close for great looks and some photos.
LONG-TAILED POTOO (Nyctibius aethereus) [*]
COMMON POTOO (Nyctibius griseus) – One of the first birds seen on the Pantanal this year! What a great welcome sign!
Apodidae (Swifts)
WHITE-COLLARED SWIFT (Streptoprocne zonaris) – Several birds soaring over the Água Fria road, in Chapada dos Guimarães town.
AMAZONIAN SWIFT (Chaetura viridipennis)
SHORT-TAILED SWIFT (Chaetura brachyura)
GRAY-RUMPED SWIFT (Chaetura cinereiventris)
PALE-RUMPED SWIFT (Chaetura egregia)

Participant Steve Schneider got this image of a Blue-and-Yellow Macaw in flight.

FORK-TAILED PALM-SWIFT (Tachornis squamata) – Like the Point-tailed Palmcreeper, this bird is closely related with the Moriche palm tree and builds its nest under the dead leaves.
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
WHITE-NECKED JACOBIN (Florisuga mellivora)
CINNAMON-THROATED HERMIT (Phaethornis nattereri)
BUFF-BELLIED HERMIT (Phaethornis subochraceus)
WHITE-VENTED VIOLETEAR (Colibri serrirostris)
HORNED SUNGEM (Heliactin bilophus) – A female seen briefly on our last morning at Chapada dos Guimarães.
BLACK-EARED FAIRY (Heliothryx auritus) – Seen from the Tower II, at CJL.
FIERY-TAILED AWLBILL (Avocettula recurvirostris) – A very special hummer seen really well foraging for a few minutes at the view point on top of the Serra trail, on CJL.
BLACK-THROATED MANGO (Anthracothorax nigricollis) – A female incubating on the entrance to the Tower II trail.
LONG-BILLED STARTHROAT (Heliomaster longirostris)
BLUE-TUFTED STARTHROAT (Heliomaster furcifer)
AMETHYST WOODSTAR (Calliphlox amethystina) – Pat spotted a female foraging on the Água Fria road, at Chapada dos Guimarães. Great spot!
GLITTERING-BELLIED EMERALD (Chlorostilbon lucidus)
FORK-TAILED WOODNYMPH (Thalurania furcata)
RUFOUS-THROATED SAPPHIRE (Hylocharis sapphirina)
GILDED HUMMINGBIRD (Hylocharis chrysura)
Trogonidae (Trogons)
PAVONINE QUETZAL (Pharomachrus pavoninus) – This is one of the most wanted birds in the Amazon! We heard a bird singing in response to the playback and after a few minutes looking for it, we found both male and female and everybody could see them in the scope! Really awesome moment!
BLACK-TAILED TROGON (Trogon melanurus)
GREEN-BACKED TROGON (Trogon viridis)
BLUE-CROWNED TROGON (Trogon curucui) – That was the first species of Trogon seen on this tour! Nice starting! Later, in the Pantanal, we saw a male on the Cuiabá river.

Least Bitterns are usually hidden in the water hyacinth, but this guy gave us a nice photo opportunity at Baia Piuval. Photo by guide Marcelo Barreiros.

COLLARED TROGON (Trogon collaris) – A male seen very well near to the Tower I, at CJL.
Momotidae (Motmots)
AMAZONIAN MOTMOT (Momotus momota) – Another old friend living in the neighborhood of our Cambará Lodge at Chapada dos Guimarães.
Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
RINGED KINGFISHER (Megaceryle torquata) – This is the biggest Kingfisher in the Neotropics.
AMAZON KINGFISHER (Chloroceryle amazona)
GREEN KINGFISHER (Chloroceryle americana)
Bucconidae (Puffbirds)
WHITE-NECKED PUFFBIRD (Notharchus hyperrhynchus) – Seen a few times during our Amazonian part of the tour.
BROWN-BANDED PUFFBIRD (Notharchus ordii) – At the same spot where we saw the Fiery-tailed Awlbill, a single individual got close after the playback, landing in a big dead tree.
PIED PUFFBIRD (Notharchus tectus) – A kind of miniature of White-necked Puffbird, this guy has some white spots on top of the head doing a very nice color contrast.
COLLARED PUFFBIRD (Bucco capensis) – Among the Puffbird members, this one is, for sure, one of the most colorful and nice looking birds. Even in the dark Amazonian understory it is possible to enjoy the nice contrast between the orange, black and white colors.
EASTERN STRIOLATED-PUFFBIRD (TORRIDUS) (Nystalus striolatus torridus) [*]
WHITE-EARED PUFFBIRD (Nystalus chacuru) – Just before leaving Chapada dos Guimarães, we made a stop on a side road and one of these nice looking birds was warming himself in the first sunlight in a dead tree.
SPOT-BACKED PUFFBIRD (Nystalus maculatus) [*]
RUFOUS-NECKED PUFFBIRD (Malacoptila rufa) – It's always a challenge to get on this shy Puffbird! In a group work, we found a bird near to the huge Brazil Nut Tree at CJL.
BLACK-FRONTED NUNBIRD (Monasa nigrifrons)
WHITE-FRONTED NUNBIRD (Monasa morphoeus) [*]
SWALLOW-WINGED PUFFBIRD (Chelidoptera tenebrosa)
Galbulidae (Jacamars)
BLUE-CHEEKED JACAMAR (Galbula cyanicollis) – More quiet than usually, only one bird was heard and then seen by the group this year.
RUFOUS-TAILED JACAMAR (Galbula ruficauda)
BRONZY JACAMAR (Galbula leucogastra)
PARADISE JACAMAR (Galbula dea) – A common bird in the Amazon forest canopy.
GREAT JACAMAR (Jacamerops aureus) – A pair of birds seen through the scope for a few minutes!

Participants Paul Edmondson and Kelvin Jakes in front of the huge Brazil Nut tree. Photo by participant Kim Jakes.

Capitonidae (New World Barbets)
Ramphastidae (Toucans)
LETTERED ARACARI (Pteroglossus inscriptus) – The smallest Aracari of our trip, seen a couple of times foraging on the Cecropia trees at CJL.
CHESTNUT-EARED ARACARI (Pteroglossus castanotis)
CURL-CRESTED ARACARI (Pteroglossus beauharnaesii) – This is a special Aracari with that different feathering on top of the head.
RED-NECKED ARACARI (Pteroglossus bitorquatus)
GOULD'S TOUCANET (Selenidera gouldii)
TOCO TOUCAN (Ramphastos toco)
WHITE-THROATED TOUCAN (CUVIER'S) (Ramphastos tucanus cuvieri)
CHANNEL-BILLED TOUCAN (YELLOW-RIDGED) (Ramphastos vitellinus culminatus)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
BAR-BREASTED PICULET (Picumnus aurifrons)
WHITE-WEDGED PICULET (Picumnus albosquamatus) – Nice little guy seen a few times on the Pantanal.
WHITE WOODPECKER (Melanerpes candidus) – Four birds gave us a show on the last morning at Chapada dos Guimarães. It was possible to see all its details in the scope.
YELLOW-TUFTED WOODPECKER (Melanerpes cruentatus)
CHECKERED WOODPECKER (Veniliornis mixtus) – This rarely seen woody was seen twice in a nice patch of Cerrado forest at Chapada.
LITTLE WOODPECKER (Veniliornis passerinus)
RED-STAINED WOODPECKER (Veniliornis affinis)
YELLOW-THROATED WOODPECKER (Piculus flavigula magnus)
GOLDEN-GREEN WOODPECKER (GOLDEN-GREEN) (Piculus chrysochloros chrysochloros) – Great looks during a boat trip on the Cuiabá river.
CAMPO FLICKER (Colaptes campestris)
RINGED WOODPECKER (Celeus torquatus)
CREAM-COLORED WOODPECKER (Celeus flavus) – What a bird! The male, with a bright red patch on the cheek is a wonderful Woodpecker.
PALE-CRESTED WOODPECKER (Celeus lugubris) – Another specialty of the wetlands (Pantanal and Chaco) seen well by the Rio Claro river.
LINEATED WOODPECKER (Dryocopus lineatus)
RED-NECKED WOODPECKER (Campephilus rubricollis) – The biggest Woody in the Amazon.
CRIMSON-CRESTED WOODPECKER (Campephilus melanoleucos)

The Red-legged Seriema is a very elegant bird with those long red legs! Photo by guide Marcelo Barreiros.

Cariamidae (Seriemas)
RED-LEGGED SERIEMA (Cariama cristata) – Special bird with long legs and a very loud voice! It's always nice to see it!
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
BARRED FOREST-FALCON (Micrastur ruficollis) [*]
CRYPTIC FOREST-FALCON (Micrastur mintoni) [*]
SLATY-BACKED FOREST-FALCON (Micrastur mirandollei) [*]
BLACK CARACARA (Daptrius ater)
RED-THROATED CARACARA (Ibycter americanus) – This bird sounds unusual for a Caracara. A very loud voice reminds us as a Parrot or Macaw! Cool bird!
SOUTHERN CARACARA (Caracara plancus)
YELLOW-HEADED CARACARA (Milvago chimachima)
LAUGHING FALCON (Herpetotheres cachinnans)
AMERICAN KESTREL (Falco sparverius)
APLOMADO FALCON (Falco femoralis) – A pair of birds perched at Chapada dos Guimarães for a few minutes. The photographers enjoyed the moment!
BAT FALCON (Falco rufigularis) – Common along the Cristalino river.
Psittacidae (New World and African Parrots)
SCARLET-SHOULDERED PARROTLET (Touit huetii) – Great looks at a group of these rare colorful birds flying below eye level from the Tower II of CJL.
MONK PARAKEET (Myiopsitta monachus) – Common along the Pantanal, these birds some times build their nest on the underparts of a Jabiru's nest.
GOLDEN-WINGED PARAKEET (Brotogeris chrysoptera)
SCALY-HEADED PARROT (Pionus maximiliani)
BLUE-HEADED PARROT (Pionus menstruus) – Common in the CJL.
YELLOW-FACED PARROT (Alipiopsitta xanthops) – Last year these were hard to get but on this tour we were very lucky and two of them flew over our heads! Great moment, guys!
YELLOW-CROWNED PARROT (Amazona ochrocephala)
KAWALL'S PARROT (Amazona kawalli)
ORANGE-WINGED PARROT (Amazona amazonica)
WHITE-BELLIED PARROT (Pionites leucogaster)
RED-FAN PARROT (Deroptyus accipitrinus) – We had wonderful views of this fantastic parrot displaying from the Tower II at CJL.
CRIMSON-BELLIED PARAKEET (Pyrrhura perlata) – About 15 birds feeding in a salt lick area with other species for several minutes. Impossible to be better, guys!
SANTAREM PARAKEET (SANTAREM) (Pyrrhura amazonum amazonum)
HYACINTH MACAW (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) – It's hard to express with words how cool is to seeing this huge blue Parrot. They've been endangered for a period and now, with some nice efforts and environmental education programs, these guys are all over the Pantanal again.
NANDAY PARAKEET (Aratinga nenday) – The region of Rio Claro Lodge is the best place to get it in Northern Pantanal.
RED-BELLIED MACAW (Orthopsittaca manilatus)

It was amazing to see Yellow-collared Macaws flying across the rivers and open fields of the Pantanal. Photo by guide Marcelo Barreiros.

YELLOW-COLLARED MACAW (Primolius auricollis) – Great looks on the Rio Claro Lodge entrance road.
BLUE-AND-YELLOW MACAW (Ara ararauna) – This big Macaw is associated with Moriche Palm tree. These birds only breeding in dead tree cavities.
RED-AND-GREEN MACAW (Ara chloropterus)
BLUE-CROWNED PARAKEET (Thectocercus acuticaudatus)
RED-SHOULDERED MACAW (Diopsittaca nobilis)
WHITE-EYED PARAKEET (Psittacara leucophthalmus)
Thamnophilidae (Typical Antbirds)
FASCIATED ANTSHRIKE (Cymbilaimus lineatus)
GREAT ANTSHRIKE (Taraba major)
GLOSSY ANTSHRIKE (Sakesphorus luctuosus)
BARRED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus doliatus)
RUFOUS-WINGED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus torquatus) – A male seen on our last birding stop at Chapada, just before going back to Cuiabá and flying to the great Amazon forest.
CHESTNUT-BACKED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus palliatus)
PLAIN-WINGED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus schistaceus)
NATTERER'S SLATY-ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus stictocephalus)
PLANALTO SLATY-ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus pelzelni)
WHITE-SHOULDERED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus aethiops)
AMAZONIAN ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus amazonicus)

Participant Leslie Krinsk having a good time at the view point on top of the Serra trail, at CJL. Photo by participant Kim Jakes.

PLAIN ANTVIREO (Dysithamnus mentalis)
SATURNINE ANTSHRIKE (Thamnomanes saturninus) – Common bird in the Amazonian understory mixed species flocks.
CINEREOUS ANTSHRIKE (Thamnomanes caesius) – The main responsible bird for the mixed species flocks in the Amazon understory.
PLAIN-THROATED ANTWREN (Isleria hauxwelli)
SPOT-WINGED ANTSHRIKE (Pygiptila stellaris) – Usually foraging with the mixed species flocks, this Antshrike is easily identified by his big beak and very short tail.
WHITE-EYED ANTWREN (Epinecrophylla leucophthalma sordida)
PYGMY ANTWREN (Myrmotherula brachyura) – Really tiny Antwren, as suggested by its name, this is one those "neck breaker" birds that live on the Amazonian canopy.
SCLATER'S ANTWREN (Myrmotherula sclateri) [*]
AMAZONIAN STREAKED-ANTWREN (Myrmotherula multostriata)
WHITE-FLANKED ANTWREN (Myrmotherula axillaris)
LONG-WINGED ANTWREN (Myrmotherula longipennis)
GRAY ANTWREN (Myrmotherula menetriesii)
BANDED ANTBIRD (Dichrozona cincta) [*]
LARGE-BILLED ANTWREN (Herpsilochmus longirostris)
RUFOUS-WINGED ANTWREN (Herpsilochmus rufimarginatus)
DOT-WINGED ANTWREN (Microrhopias quixensis emiliae)
WHITE-FRINGED ANTWREN (Formicivora grisea) – On this tour, we basically have one chance to see this bird on the Serra trail and we got it!
BLACK-BELLIED ANTWREN (Formicivora melanogaster)
RUSTY-BACKED ANTWREN (Formicivora rufa)
STRIATED ANTBIRD (Drymophila devillei) [*]
SPIX'S WARBLING-ANTBIRD (Hypocnemis striata) – Recently split from Warbling Antbird!
BLACKISH ANTBIRD (Cercomacroides nigrescens)
GRAY ANTBIRD (Cercomacra cinerascens)
MATO GROSSO ANTBIRD (Cercomacra melanaria)
WHITE-BACKED FIRE-EYE (Pyriglena leuconota)
WHITE-BROWED ANTBIRD (Myrmoborus leucophrys) – A well behaving male seen on the way back from the top of Serra trail on CJL.
BLACK-FACED ANTBIRD (Myrmoborus myotherinus ochrolaemus) [*]
BAND-TAILED ANTBIRD (Hypocnemoides maculicauda) – Seen a few times near to the water at CJL area.
SILVERED ANTBIRD (Sclateria naevia argentata) – Usually found close to the water, we saw two of these guys foraging near by the CJL docks.
RUFOUS-FACED ANTBIRD (Myrmelastes rufifacies) [*]
BLACK-THROATED ANTBIRD (Myrmophylax atrothorax) – A pair of birds seen really close to our restaurant at CJL.
BARE-EYED ANTBIRD (Rhegmatorhina gymnops) – With a beautiful light green bare eye-skin, this bird is one of the main targets of this tour. We had a chance to observe a few of them foraging on a big antswarm on two opportunities.
DOT-BACKED ANTBIRD (Hylophylax punctulatus)
XINGU SCALE-BACKED ANTBIRD (TAPAJOS) (Willisornis vidua nigrigula) – Recently split from Common Scale-backed Antbird, this one is found from the Tapajos river to the east.
BLACK-SPOTTED BARE-EYE (Phlegopsis nigromaculata) – We saw this gorgeous Antbird following some antswarms twice during the Amazonian part of the tour.
Melanopareiidae (Crescentchests)
COLLARED CRESCENTCHEST (Melanopareia torquata) [*]
Grallariidae (Antpittas)
ALTA FLORESTA ANTPITTA (Hylopezus whittakeri) – WOW! That was FANTASTIC!! Antpittas are awesome, weird and mainly, really shy birds. After a few years without seeing these birds on our tour, this year we saw it, in the scope, for a few minutes. Great moment!
Furnariidae (Ovenbirds and Woodcreepers)
OLIVACEOUS WOODCREEPER (AMAZONIAN) (Sittasomus griseicapillus transitivus)
LONG-TAILED WOODCREEPER (Deconychura longicauda)
WHITE-CHINNED WOODCREEPER (Dendrocincla merula) – It's very hard to hear this bird or even see it without an antswarm. As we got lucky with it, we had great looks at some of them foraging with the ants.
PLAIN-BROWN WOODCREEPER (Dendrocincla fuliginosa)
WEDGE-BILLED WOODCREEPER (CUNEATUS GROUP) (Glyphorynchus spirurus inornatus) [*]
AMAZONIAN BARRED-WOODCREEPER (RIDGWAY'S) (Dendrocolaptes certhia ridgwayi) – Some committees, as the Brazilian one, consider the D. certhia complex as 5 different species, separated for the big rivers on the Amazon. This one is the Ridgway's Woodcreeper or will be, sometime.
BLACK-BANDED WOODCREEPER (Dendrocolaptes picumnus) – Great looks on the Taboca (Bamboo) trail at CJL.
STRONG-BILLED WOODCREEPER (Xiphocolaptes promeropirhynchus) – This is a kind of Woodcreeper that lives above the understory and uses big trees for foraging. We had nice looks from the Tower I.
GREAT RUFOUS WOODCREEPER (Xiphocolaptes major)
STRIPED WOODCREEPER (Xiphorhynchus obsoletus) – The Amazon forest has different kinds of habitats and it provides many chances for a high bird diversity. This guy lives only in flooded forest over the Amazon.
SPIX'S WOODCREEPER (Xiphorhynchus spixii) [*]
BUFF-THROATED WOODCREEPER (LAFRESNAYE'S) (Xiphorhynchus guttatus dorbignyanus)
BUFF-THROATED WOODCREEPER (DUSKY-BILLED) (Xiphorhynchus guttatus eytoni)
RED-BILLED SCYTHEBILL (Campylorhamphus trochilirostris lafresnayanus) – Speaking about evolution, this is an amazing example. That beak may reach insects really deep in the tree trunks.
CURVE-BILLED SCYTHEBILL (TAPAJOS) (Campylorhamphus procurvoides cardosoi) [*]
NARROW-BILLED WOODCREEPER (Lepidocolaptes angustirostris)
LAYARD'S WOODCREEPER (Lepidocolaptes layardi) – Used to be considered Lineated Woodcreeper until a few years ago. This bird occurs from the Tapajos river to all over east in the Amazon.
PLAIN XENOPS (Xenops minutus)
STREAKED XENOPS (Xenops rutilans)
POINT-TAILED PALMCREEPER (Berlepschia rikeri) – Seeing this bird is like seeing a mix between a Woodcreeper and a kind of Spinetail. A nice looking bird with a black and white chest, hanging upside down on the Moriche palm leaf, it is really awesome!
PALE-LEGGED HORNERO (Furnarius leucopus)

The Sungrebe provided one of the highlights of the tour. We got great looks at this funny bird foraging on the Cuiabá river. Photo by guide Marcelo Barreiros.

RUFOUS HORNERO (Furnarius rufus)
RUFOUS-RUMPED FOLIAGE-GLEANER (Philydor erythrocercum)
RUFOUS-TAILED FOLIAGE-GLEANER (Anabacerthia ruficaudata)
CHESTNUT-WINGED HOOKBILL (Ancistrops strigilatus) – This canopy-dwelling bird is usually seen with mixed species flocks and most of the time is difficult to get.
RUFOUS-FRONTED THORNBIRD (Phacellodomus rufifrons)
GREATER THORNBIRD (Phacellodomus ruber)
RUSTY-BACKED SPINETAIL (Cranioleuca vulpina) – A pair of birds seen close to their nest during a boat trip on the Rio Claro, at the Pantanal.
SPECKLED SPINETAIL (Cranioleuca gutturata)
RUFOUS CACHOLOTE (Pseudoseisura unirufa)
YELLOW-CHINNED SPINETAIL (Certhiaxis cinnamomeus)
CHOTOY SPINETAIL (Schoeniophylax phryganophilus) – Fancy little bird seen well on the Pantanal.
WHITE-LORED SPINETAIL (Synallaxis albilora)
SOOTY-FRONTED SPINETAIL (Synallaxis frontalis)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
SUIRIRI FLYCATCHER (Suiriri suiriri burmeisteri) – Very similar to the Chapada Flycatcher but distinct in voice and displaying behavior.
CHAPADA FLYCATCHER (Suiriri affinis)
YELLOW TYRANNULET (Capsiempis flaveola) – A nice surprise for us on a Cristalino river island.

Participant Kim Jakes got this photo of hundreds of butterflies on the CJL dock.

SUBTROPICAL DORADITO (Pseudocolopteryx acutipennis) – This tiny bird breeds at the foothills of the Andes and arrives at the Pantanal at this time of the year.
FOREST ELAENIA (Myiopagis gaimardii)
YELLOW-BELLIED ELAENIA (Elaenia flavogaster)
PLAIN-CRESTED ELAENIA (Elaenia cristata)
OCHRE-BELLIED FLYCATCHER (Mionectes oleagineus)
SEPIA-CAPPED FLYCATCHER (Leptopogon amaurocephalus)
PLANALTO TYRANNULET (Phyllomyias fasciatus)
SOUTHERN SCRUB-FLYCATCHER (Sublegatus modestus) – Tyrannulets are usually difficult to identify. For this one, besides the voice, a nice feature to identify it is its short bill.
PLAIN TYRANNULET (Inezia inornata)
SOUTHERN ANTPIPIT (Corythopis delalandi) – This beautiful bird is usually found near to the ground and he does a weird click sound while excited what helps to recognize it in the field.
TAWNY-CROWNED PYGMY-TYRANT (Euscarthmus meloryphus) – A bird we have not seen on this tour for four years but this year was different! We have great looks on the entrance road of the Rio Claro Lodge.
SHORT-TAILED PYGMY-TYRANT (Myiornis ecaudatus) – This is the smallest Passerine in the world and it looks like a bumblebee!
HELMETED PYGMY-TYRANT (Lophotriccus galeatus)
WHITE-BELLIED TODY-TYRANT (Hemitriccus griseipectus)
STRIPE-NECKED TODY-TYRANT (Hemitriccus striaticollis) [*]
PEARLY-VENTED TODY-TYRANT (Hemitriccus margaritaceiventer)
ZIMMER'S TODY-TYRANT (Hemitriccus minimus) [*]
RUSTY-FRONTED TODY-FLYCATCHER (Poecilotriccus latirostris) – Seen really well in a patch of forest where we had lunch at Chapada dos Guimarães.
COMMON TODY-FLYCATCHER (Todirostrum cinereum)
YELLOW-BROWED TODY-FLYCATCHER (Todirostrum chrysocrotaphum) – Beautiful tiny Flycatcher seen really well on the top of the Serra trail at CJL.
GRAY-CROWNED FLYCATCHER (Tolmomyias poliocephalus)
YELLOW-BREASTED FLYCATCHER (Tolmomyias flaviventris)
WHITE-CRESTED SPADEBILL (Platyrinchus platyrhynchos)
RUDDY-TAILED FLYCATCHER (Terenotriccus erythrurus)
EULER'S FLYCATCHER (Lathrotriccus euleri)
FUSCOUS FLYCATCHER (Cnemotriccus fuscatus)
VERMILION FLYCATCHER (Pyrocephalus rubinus)
DRAB WATER TYRANT (Ochthornis littoralis)
GRAY MONJITA (Xolmis cinereus)
BLACK-BACKED WATER-TYRANT (Fluvicola albiventer)
WHITE-HEADED MARSH TYRANT (Arundinicola leucocephala)

These three Undulated Tinamou were feeding on some corn at a house near Porto Jofre. Thanks to our friend Satiro for letting our group in to see them. Video by guide Marcelo Barreiros.
CATTLE TYRANT (Machetornis rixosa)
LARGE-HEADED FLATBILL (Ramphotrigon megacephalum) – Another bamboo specialist seen on the CJL trails.
RUFOUS-TAILED FLATBILL (Ramphotrigon ruficauda) [*]
BRIGHT-RUMPED ATTILA (Attila spadiceus)
RUFOUS CASIORNIS (Casiornis rufus)
GRAYISH MOURNER (Rhytipterna simplex)
DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER (Myiarchus tuberculifer)
BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHER (Myiarchus tyrannulus)
LESSER KISKADEE (Pitangus lictor)
GREAT KISKADEE (Pitangus sulphuratus)
BOAT-BILLED FLYCATCHER (Megarynchus pitangua)
RUSTY-MARGINED FLYCATCHER (Myiozetetes cayanensis)
DUSKY-CHESTED FLYCATCHER (Myiozetetes luteiventris)
STREAKED FLYCATCHER (Myiodynastes maculatus)
PIRATIC FLYCATCHER (Legatus leucophaius)
VARIEGATED FLYCATCHER (Empidonomus varius)
CROWNED SLATY FLYCATCHER (Empidonomus aurantioatrocristatus) – Seen once, from the Tower II at CJL.
TROPICAL KINGBIRD (Tyrannus melancholicus)
Cotingidae (Cotingas)
AMAZONIAN UMBRELLABIRD (Cephalopterus ornatus) – What a bird! One of the most spectacular birds in South America. We saw twice at CJL.
SPANGLED COTINGA (Cotinga cayana) – It's really cool to spend some time on top of the canopy towers in the Amazon and see these birds flying over the trees. That bright blue is fantastic!
SCREAMING PIHA (Lipaugus vociferans) – Maybe this is "voice of the Amazon"! it's almost impossible spend a few hours in the Terra-Firme forest and not hear that bird!

Come on, Grey-breasted Crake! Please show yourself one more time! Photo by participant Kim Jakes.

BARE-NECKED FRUITCROW (Gymnoderus foetidus)
Pipridae (Manakins)
DWARF TYRANT-MANAKIN (Tyranneutes stolzmanni)
HELMETED MANAKIN (Antilophia galeata) – Wow! A beautiful male seen well for the group at Chapada dos Guimarães.
BLUE-BACKED MANAKIN (Chiroxiphia pareola regina) [*]
SNOW-CAPPED MANAKIN (Lepidothrix nattereri)
FLAME-CROWNED MANAKIN (Heterocercus linteatus) – Manakins are always nice to see and the Amazon has some of the most beautiful ones. This guy is typically found in flooded areas, where he displays among the vines for females.
BAND-TAILED MANAKIN (Pipra fasciicauda)
FIERY-CAPPED MANAKIN (Machaeropterus pyrocephalus) [*]
RED-HEADED MANAKIN (Ceratopipra rubrocapilla) – Speaking about Manakins on display, two of them were seen displaying in the scope for a few minutes.
Tityridae (Tityras and Allies)
BLACK-CROWNED TITYRA (Tityra inquisitor)
MASKED TITYRA (Tityra semifasciata)
BROWN-WINGED SCHIFFORNIS (Schiffornis turdina)
WHITE-BROWED PURPLETUFT (Iodopleura isabellae) – A kind of bird usually found on the highest possible branches on the canopy. A typical case where the canopy towers help, a lot!!
WHITE-NAPED XENOPSARIS (Xenopsaris albinucha)
GREEN-BACKED BECARD (Pachyramphus viridis) – Probably the most colorful Becard in Brazil! We saw a male on the Rio Claro lodge entrance road.
Vireonidae (Vireos, Shrike-Babblers, and Erpornis)
ASHY-HEADED GREENLET (Hylophilus pectoralis)
GRAY-CHESTED GREENLET (Hylophilus semicinereus)
SLATY-CAPPED SHRIKE-VIREO (Vireolanius leucotis)
TAWNY-CROWNED GREENLET (Tunchiornis ochraceiceps) – Usually seen following understory mixed species flocks in the Amazon.
DUSKY-CAPPED GREENLET (Pachysylvia hypoxantha)
RED-EYED VIREO (MIGRATORY CHIVI) (Vireo olivaceus chivi)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
PURPLISH JAY (Cyanocorax cyanomelas)
CURL-CRESTED JAY (Cyanocorax cristatellus)
Hirundinidae (Swallows)
BLACK-COLLARED SWALLOW (Pygochelidon melanoleuca) – This beautiful Swallow breeds on the exposed rocks in some rivers on the Amazon.
WHITE-BANDED SWALLOW (Atticora fasciata)
SOUTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW (Stelgidopteryx ruficollis)
GRAY-BREASTED MARTIN (Progne chalybea)
WHITE-WINGED SWALLOW (Tachycineta albiventer)

A pair of Aplomado Falcons enjoying a sunny morning at Chapada dos Guimarães. Video by guide Marcelo Barreiros.
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
TOOTH-BILLED WREN (Odontorchilus cinereus)
HOUSE WREN (Troglodytes aedon)
THRUSH-LIKE WREN (Campylorhynchus turdinus unicolor)
MOUSTACHED WREN (Pheugopedius genibarbis)
FAWN-BREASTED WREN (Cantorchilus guarayanus)
Polioptilidae (Gnatcatchers)
LONG-BILLED GNATWREN (Ramphocaenus melanurus)
MASKED GNATCATCHER (Polioptila dumicola)
Donacobiidae (Donacobius)
BLACK-CAPPED DONACOBIUS (Donacobius atricapilla)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
PALE-BREASTED THRUSH (Turdus leucomelas)
HAUXWELL'S THRUSH (Turdus hauxwelli)
RUFOUS-BELLIED THRUSH (Turdus rufiventris)
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits)
YELLOWISH PIPIT (Anthus lutescens) – A few birds seen displaying on our first morning at Chapada dos Guimarães.
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
GOLDEN-CROWNED WARBLER (Basileuterus culicivorus)
GOLDEN-CROWNED WARBLER (WHITE-BELLIED) (Basileuterus culicivorus hypoleucus)
FLAVESCENT WARBLER (Myiothlypis flaveola)
Thraupidae (Tanagers and Allies)
RED-CRESTED CARDINAL (Paroaria coronata)
RED-CAPPED CARDINAL (Paroaria gularis)
YELLOW-BILLED CARDINAL (Paroaria capitata)
MAGPIE TANAGER (Cissopis leverianus)
WHITE-BANDED TANAGER (Neothraupis fasciata)
RED-BILLED PIED TANAGER (Lamprospiza melanoleuca) – These guys live in flocks foraging through the canopy, sometimes with another species. We saw them a few times from the fantastic towers of CJL.
HOODED TANAGER (Nemosia pileata)
WHITE-RUMPED TANAGER (Cypsnagra hirundinacea)
GRAY-HEADED TANAGER (Eucometis penicillata)
FLAME-CRESTED TANAGER (Tachyphonus cristatus)
WHITE-SHOULDERED TANAGER (Tachyphonus luctuosus)
WHITE-LINED TANAGER (Tachyphonus rufus)
SILVER-BEAKED TANAGER (Ramphocelus carbo)
BLUE-GRAY TANAGER (Thraupis episcopus)
SAYACA TANAGER (Thraupis sayaca)
PALM TANAGER (Thraupis palmarum)
DOTTED TANAGER (Ixothraupis varia) – This is a special bird. Always high in the canopy, if we don't have a canopy tower it becomes really hard to get. For our luck, a male came near to the tower II for a few minutes.
MASKED TANAGER (Tangara nigrocincta)
TURQUOISE TANAGER (Tangara mexicana)
PARADISE TANAGER (Tangara chilensis) – There's not much to say about a bird wit "Paradise" in the name. Many different colors make an extremely beautiful contrast.
BAY-HEADED TANAGER (Tangara gyrola)
SWALLOW TANAGER (Tersina viridis)
BLACK-FACED DACNIS (Dacnis lineata)
YELLOW-BELLIED DACNIS (Dacnis flaviventer)

One of the highlight moments on the tour was watching this Alta Floresta Antpitta. Video by guide Marcelo Barreiros.
BLUE DACNIS (Dacnis cayana)
PURPLE HONEYCREEPER (Cyanerpes caeruleus)
GUIRA TANAGER (Hemithraupis guira)
CHESTNUT-VENTED CONEBILL (Conirostrum speciosum)
SAFFRON FINCH (Sicalis flaveola)
WEDGE-TAILED GRASS-FINCH (Emberizoides herbicola)
BLUE-BLACK GRASSQUIT (Volatinia jacarina)
WHITE-BELLIED SEEDEATER (Sporophila leucoptera)
CHESTNUT-BELLIED SEED-FINCH (Sporophila angolensis)
DOUBLE-COLLARED SEEDEATER (Sporophila caerulescens)
PLUMBEOUS SEEDEATER (Sporophila plumbea) – Seen a few times at the Chapada dos Guimarães area.
RUSTY-COLLARED SEEDEATER (Sporophila collaris)
RED-CRESTED FINCH (Coryphospingus cucullatus) – We saw this guy displaying his awesome bright red crest a few times during our visit to Chapada dos Guimarães.
BANANAQUIT (Coereba flaveola)
BLACK-THROATED SALTATOR (Saltatricula atricollis)
GRAYISH SALTATOR (Saltator coerulescens)
GREEN-WINGED SALTATOR (Saltator similis)
Passerellidae (New World Buntings and Sparrows)
GRASSLAND SPARROW (Ammodramus humeralis)
PECTORAL SPARROW (Arremon taciturnus) – When we talk about Sparrows, people usually don't get excited but the Genus has some fancy sparrows!
SAFFRON-BILLED SPARROW (Arremon flavirostris) – This one is similar to the Pectoral Sparrow but looks even more beautiful with its yellow bill.
Cardinalidae (Cardinals and Allies)
ROSE-BREASTED CHAT (Granatellus pelzelni)
BLUE-BLACK GROSBEAK (Cyanoloxia cyanoides)
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
RED-BREASTED MEADOWLARK (Sturnella militaris)
WHITE-BROWED MEADOWLARK (Sturnella superciliaris)
GREEN OROPENDOLA (Psarocolius viridis)
CRESTED OROPENDOLA (Psarocolius decumanus)
OLIVE OROPENDOLA (AMAZONIAN) (Psarocolius bifasciatus yuracares)
SOLITARY BLACK CACIQUE (Cacicus solitarius)
RED-RUMPED CACIQUE (Cacicus haemorrhous)
EPAULET ORIOLE (Icterus cayanensis)
VARIABLE ORIOLE (Icterus pyrrhopterus)
ORANGE-BACKED TROUPIAL (Icterus croconotus)
SHINY COWBIRD (Molothrus bonariensis)
GIANT COWBIRD (Molothrus oryzivorus)
SCARLET-HEADED BLACKBIRD (Amblyramphus holosericeus)
CHOPI BLACKBIRD (Gnorimopsar chopi)
GRAYISH BAYWING (Agelaioides badius)

A short time lapse on the Cuiabá river. I'm sure everybody was smiling after a great "Jaguar day"! Video by guide Marcelo Barreiros.
UNICOLORED BLACKBIRD (Agelasticus cyanopus)
Fringillidae (Finches, Euphonias, and Allies)
PURPLE-THROATED EUPHONIA (Euphonia chlorotica)
THICK-BILLED EUPHONIA (Euphonia laniirostris)
GOLDEN-BELLIED EUPHONIA (Euphonia chrysopasta)
ORANGE-BELLIED EUPHONIA (Euphonia xanthogaster)
RUFOUS-BELLIED EUPHONIA (Euphonia rufiventris)
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)
HOUSE SPARROW (Passer domesticus)

LONG-NOSED BAT (Rhynchonycteris naso)
GREATER BULLDOG BAT (Noctilio leporinus)
LESSER BULLDOG BAT (Noctilio albiventris)
SILVERY MARMOSET (Callithrix argentata)
BLACK-TAILED MARMOSET (Callithrix (Mico) melanura)
DUSKY TITI MONKEY (Callicebus moloch)
RED HOWLER MONKEY (Alouatta seniculus)
RED-HANDED HOWLER MONKEY (Alouatta belzebul)
BLACK HOWLER MONKEY (Alouatta caraya)
BROWN CAPUCHIN (Cebus apella)
SOUTHERN TAMANDUA (Tamandua tetradactyla)
BRAZILIAN RABBIT (Sylvilagus brasiliensis)
CAPYBARA (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris)
AZARA'S AGOUTI (Dasyprocta azarae)
RED-RUMPED AGOUTI (Dasyprocta agouti)
CRAB-EATING FOX (Cerdocyon thous)
MANED WOLF (Chrysocyon brachyurus) – What a surprise! It was our first morning at Chapada when we saw two (!!) Wolves walking through the open fields with some cattle. A highlight moment on this tour!
NEOTROPICAL OTTER (Lontra longicaudis) – We saw two of them on the way back to CJL after a nice morning in a canopy tower!

One of four Giant Otters that we saw having a good time on the Cuiabá river. Photo by guide Marcelo Barreiros.

GIANT OTTER (Pteronura brasiliensis) – Seen a couple of times during our boat trips on CJL, four of them were having a good time on the Cuiabá river near to our boat.
JAGUARUNDI (Puma yagouaroundi) – On the way back from Porto Jofre, this elusive cat crossed the Transpantaneira road in front of our bus.

We were priviledged to watch a pair of majestic Jaguar together. Photo by guide Marcelo Barreiros.

JAGUAR (Panthera onca) – After a very cold and moist morning, our afternoon on the Cuiabá river was phenomenal. We saw four different individuals, including a pair for about one hour.
COLLARED PECCARY (Tayassu tajacu)
MARSH DEER (Blastocerus dichotomus) – This is the biggest Deer in Brazil!
RED BROCKET DEER (Mazama americana)
GREEN IGUANA (Iguana iguana)
GIANT AMEIVA (Ameiva ameiva)
GOLDEN TEGU (Tupinambis teguixin)
SPECTACLED CAIMAN (Caiman crocodilus)


Totals for the tour: 497 bird taxa and 28 mammal taxa