A Field Guides Birding Tours Report

Brazil: Bahia Birding Bonanza 2024

February 3-17, 2024 with Marcelo Barreiros & local guide guiding

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The Spot-billed Toucanet, gorgeous as all of them. Great picture by participant Hanna Zhao.

Welcome to Bahia, the largest state in BE Brazil, land of Caatinga, Cerrado, Atlantic Forest and birds, lots of birds! We saw most of the greatest jewels of the country during our two weeks. We started in a patch of Cerrado near Salvador, where we saw some nice, hard birds to see in the state like Horned Sungem, Blue Finch, Lesser Elaenia, and Spot-backed Puffbird. Later in the day, we also had a great time looking for forest birds like Bahia Antwren, Ochre-backed Woodpecker, Sooretama Slaty-Antshrike and some rare ones like White-winged Cotinga, Pernambuco Foliage-gleaner and Fringe-backed Fire-eye.

The two days around Conde were nice too, taking a boat trip to see Jandaya Parakeet, Bicolored Conebill, Caatinga Cacholote, Rufous Crab-Hawk, Mangrove Rail and the big star of the area, Gray-breasted Parakeet. Before changing locations, we made a nice stop in a marsh where we saw Azure Gallinule, Pinnated Bittern and Black-capped Donacobius. In the morning, going to Poções, we stopped in an extensive patch of Caatinga habitat and saw some really great birds like Silvery-cheeked Antshrike, Barred Antshrike (Caatinga race), Long-billed Wren, Black-bellied Antwren and Cactus Parakeet. In Poções we only had a few hours work and, with our friend Mateus Gonçalves, we were able to find amazing species like Great Xenops, Slender Antbird, Caatinga Antwren, White-crested Tyrannulet, Stripe-backed Antbird and Ruby Topaz.

The region where both Poções and Boa Nova are is a unique place, a contact zone of Caatinga and Atlantic Forest, and it has created a very odd kind of vegetation called viny forest. This is home for Slender Antbird, Narrow-billed Antwren, and Hangnest Tody-Tyrant. Not too far from there, in the Atlantic Forest, we found great birds like Bahia Spinetail, Rio de Janeiro Antbird, Crescent-chested Puffbird, Fork-tailed Pygmy-Tyrant, Ferruginous Antbird, Black-eared Fairy and Sooty Grassquit. From the mountains of Boa Nova, we went down towards the coast, to Itacaré and one of the largest forest areas in the lowlands of Bahia. That's the one place to see the ultra-rare Bahia Tapaculo, which we heard, but it never came close enough to the group to see this time. Walking along the great forest, we saw a pair of Band-tailed Antwrens, Cinereus Antshrike, Black-cheeked Gnateater, White-fronted Nunbird and some nice manakins like Red-headed, White-crowned and Kinglet. Thanks to our friend Léo Patrial for leading us to some great forest and birds, including a great yard with some bananas.

On the way to Camacan, we were very lucky to find a family of Gold-and-black Lion Tamarin, a wonderful Northeast Brazil endemic monkey. While driving up to the mountains, we had a great look at an adult Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle soaring near the road. The two nights at Serra Bonita were amazing, with some of the rarest birds in the whole country, like Bahia Tyrannulet, Plumbeous Antvireo, Rufous-brown Solitaire, Striated Softail, Pale-browed Treehunter, Salvadori's Antwren, Spot-billed Toucanet, Sharpbill and more. Before going further south to Porto Seguro, we made a very productive stop on the lower part of Serra Bonita to look for another ultra-rare bird, and we've got it, one female and two male Banded Cotingas coming to feed on the Açaí Palm trees!

The last part of the tour, we visited the great Estação Veracel Private Reserve, an amazing 6,900 hectares fragment of a pristine lowland forest, and home to gorgeous and rare birds like Hook-billed Hermit, Black-headed Berryeater, the stunning Ochre-cheeked Parakeet, the nominal race of White-winged Potoo, which we heard but never showed itself, White-bellied Tanager, Red-browed Parrot and more.

It was an amazing tour with a great group and I really hope to bird with all of you guys again soon.

All the best!

—Marcelo and local guide Rafael Felix

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

Tinamidae (Tinamous)

SOLITARY TINAMOU (Tinamus solitarius) [E*]

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Red-legged Honeycreeper photographed at Léo's yard feeders. Photo by participant Russ Cole.

LITTLE TINAMOU (Crypturellus soui) [*]

BROWN TINAMOU (Crypturellus obsoletus) [*]

SMALL-BILLED TINAMOU (Crypturellus parvirostris) [*]

TATAUPA TINAMOU (Crypturellus tataupa) [*]

WHITE-BELLIED NOTHURA (Nothura boraquira)

Fantastic looks in Boa Nova; a bird remained walking along the road for a couple of minutes.

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)

BRAZILIAN TEAL (Amazonetta brasiliensis)

Cracidae (Guans, Chachalacas, and Curassows)


Nice looks in Poções.

Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)

ROCK PIGEON (Columba livia)

PALE-VENTED PIGEON (Patagioenas cayennensis)

PICAZURO PIGEON (Patagioenas picazuro)

Common in the Caatinga areas.

PLUMBEOUS PIGEON (Patagioenas plumbea)

RUDDY GROUND DOVE (Columbina talpacoti)

SCALED DOVE (Columbina squammata)

A bird doing a display for its mate in Conde.

PICUI GROUND DOVE (Columbina picui)

BLUE GROUND DOVE (Claravis pretiosa)

RUDDY QUAIL-DOVE (Geotrygon montana) [*]

WHITE-TIPPED DOVE (Leptotila verreauxi)

GRAY-FRONTED DOVE (Leptotila rufaxilla)

EARED DOVE (Zenaida auriculata)

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Nice group shot by participant Russ Cole.
Cuculidae (Cuckoos)

GUIRA CUCKOO (Guira guira)

SMOOTH-BILLED ANI (Crotophaga ani)

STRIPED CUCKOO (Tapera naevia)

A single bird seen this year.

SQUIRREL CUCKOO (Piaya cayana)

DARK-BILLED CUCKOO (Coccyzus melacoryphus)

A few participants were able to see it moving through the vegetation in Poções.

PEARLY-BREASTED CUCKOO (Coccyzus euleri) [*]

Caprimulgidae (Nightjars and Allies)

LESSER NIGHTHAWK (Chordeiles acutipennis)

A few birds seen on their roosting area in Praia do Forte.

PYGMY NIGHTJAR (Nyctipolus hirundinaceus) [E]

A couple of birds seen near Boa Nova.

COMMON PAURAQUE (Nyctidromus albicollis)

Nyctibiidae (Potoos)

GREAT POTOO (Nyctibius grandis)

Amazing bird seen very well in Porto Seguro.

WHITE-WINGED POTOO (Nyctibius leucopterus) [*]

A single one responded to the recording; it came closer but never showed itself.

Apodidae (Swifts)

GRAY-RUMPED SWIFT (Chaetura cinereiventris)

SICK'S SWIFT (Chaetura meridionalis)

Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)

BLACK JACOBIN (Florisuga fusca) [E]

HOOK-BILLED HERMIT (Glaucis dohrnii) [E]

A rare bird; we saw it perched in the scope along the Estação Veracel road.


GREAT-BILLED HERMIT (MARGARETTA'S) (Phaethornis malaris margarettae) [E]

The reason why we drove for over one hour on a bad road to the Cunduru State Park. As soon as we got there, we saw a bird trapped in a meeting room and also at least three other ones seen in the forest.

REDDISH HERMIT (Phaethornis ruber)

SCALE-THROATED HERMIT (Phaethornis eurynome)

HORNED SUNGEM (Heliactin bilophus)

YES!!! There's only one chance to see it on the tour and we've got really lucky! Both male and female seen near Camaçari, on the very first morning.

BLACK-EARED FAIRY (Heliothryx auritus)

Nice looks in Boa Nova.

RUBY-TOPAZ HUMMINGBIRD (Chrysolampis mosquitus)

Gorgeous hummingbird seen well near Poções.

RACKET-TIPPED THORNTAIL (Discosura longicaudus)

WOOOW! What a bird! The best view I've had in many years. We were lucky to have some trees blooming along the road across the Estação Veracel and at least three individuals, males and females, coming to feed.

GLITTERING-BELLIED EMERALD (Chlorostilbon lucidus)

VIOLET-CAPPED WOODNYMPH (Thalurania glaucopis)


SOMBRE HUMMINGBIRD (Eupetomena cirrochloris) [E]

A nice Atlantic Forest endemic.

A short Great Potoo video at Estação Veracel. Digiscoping video by guide Marcelo Barreiros.

VERSICOLORED EMERALD (Chrysuronia versicolor)

PLAIN-BELLIED EMERALD (Chrysuronia leucogaster)

Only found along the coast of Brazil, we saw it well a few times in the mangroves.


Nice looks near Poções and Boa Nova.

RUFOUS-THROATED SAPPHIRE (Hylocharis sapphirina)

WHITE-CHINNED SAPPHIRE (Chlorestes cyanus)

BLUE-CHINNED SAPPHIRE (Chlorestes notata)

Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)

MANGROVE RAIL (Rallus longirostris)

What a great moment we had near Conde.

BLACKISH RAIL (Pardirallus nigricans)

COMMON GALLINULE (Gallinula galeata)

AZURE GALLINULE (Porphyrio flavirostris)

This is one of those birds we expect to hear only or see briefly, but this time, a bird gave us something way beyond that. We tried once and a bird came in right in front of us and remained there, sitting on top of the reeds for several minutes.

Aramidae (Limpkin)

LIMPKIN (Aramus guarauna)

Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)

SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (Charadrius semipalmatus)

Great looks at both Semipalmated and Collared plovers side by side at Conde.

SOUTHERN LAPWING (Vanellus chilensis)

COLLARED PLOVER (Anarhynchus collaris)

Jacanidae (Jacanas)

WATTLED JACANA (Jacana jacana)

Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)

WHIMBREL (Numenius phaeopus)

SPOTTED SANDPIPER (Actitis macularius)

WILLET (Tringa semipalmata)

RUDDY TURNSTONE (Arenaria interpres)

SANDERLING (Calidris alba)

Moe saw one of these near our hotel at Conde.

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A male Horned Sungem captured on the first morning by participant Suzi Cole.
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)

NEOTROPIC CORMORANT (Nannopterum brasilianum)

Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)

RUFESCENT TIGER-HERON (Tigrisoma lineatum)

PINNATED BITTERN (Botaurus pinnatus)

Another great bird, hard to find anywhere. We saw a single one walking through the reeds near Conde.

YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON (Nyctanassa violacea)

CAPPED HERON (Pilherodius pileatus)

LITTLE BLUE HERON (Egretta caerulea)

SNOWY EGRET (Egretta thula)

STRIATED HERON (Butorides striata)

GREAT EGRET (Ardea alba)

Cathartidae (New World Vultures)

KING VULTURE (Sarcoramphus papa)

Many birds seen soaring over Serra Bonita.

BLACK VULTURE (Coragyps atratus)

TURKEY VULTURE (Cathartes aura)

LESSER YELLOW-HEADED VULTURE (Cathartes burrovianus)

Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)

BLACK HAWK-EAGLE (Spizaetus tyrannus) [*]

BLACK-AND-WHITE HAWK-EAGLE (Spizaetus melanoleucus)

Fantastic looks while driving up to Serra Bonita.

SNAIL KITE (Rostrhamus sociabilis)

RUFOUS-THIGHED KITE (Harpagus diodon)

CRANE HAWK (BANDED) (Geranospiza caerulescens gracilis)

RUFOUS CRAB HAWK (Buteogallus aequinoctialis)

A pair of birds found by Suzi in the mangroves at Conde and later, while we were cruising through the habitat, we saw another one perched low and closer to us.

SAVANNA HAWK (Buteogallus meridionalis)

ROADSIDE HAWK (Rupornis magnirostris)

WHITE-TAILED HAWK (Geranoaetus albicaudatus)

MANTLED HAWK (Pseudastur polionotus) [E]

Nice looks at Serra Bonita.

SHORT-TAILED HAWK (Buteo brachyurus)

Strigidae (Owls)

LEAST PYGMY-OWL (Glaucidium minutissimum) [E]

A pair of birds seeing near Boa Nova.

FERRUGINOUS PYGMY-OWL (Glaucidium brasilianum)

BURROWING OWL (Athene cunicularia)

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We had fantastic looks at Sharpbill at Serra Bonita and participant Hanna Zhao took this incredible shot.
Trogonidae (Trogons)

GREEN-BACKED TROGON (Trogon viridis)

SURUCUA TROGON (Trogon surrucura) [E]

A male seeing along the Caixa d'água trail, at Serra Bonita.


Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)

RINGED KINGFISHER (Megaceryle torquata)

AMAZON KINGFISHER (Chloroceryle amazona)

GREEN KINGFISHER (Chloroceryle americana)

Bucconidae (Puffbirds)

SPOT-BACKED PUFFBIRD (Nystalus maculatus)

Two individuals seen well on our first day near Camaçari.

CRESCENT-CHESTED PUFFBIRD (Malacoptila striata) [E]

Great Atlantica Forest specialty, found in pairs in Boa Nova.

WHITE-FRONTED NUNBIRD (WHITE-FRONTED) (Monasa morphoeus morphoeus) [E]

A widespread bird in the Amazon, with a small population found along the coast of NE Brazil.

Galbulidae (Jacamars)

RUFOUS-TAILED JACAMAR (Galbula ruficauda)

The only Jacamar on this tour, seen nicely a few times.

Ramphastidae (Toucans)

BLACK-NECKED ARACARI (Pteroglossus aracari)

SPOT-BILLED TOUCANET (Selenidera maculirostris) [E]

What a gorgeous bird. One of the most beautiful ones in the family; a male came in to the feeders at Serra Bonita.

CHANNEL-BILLED TOUCAN (ARIEL) (Ramphastos vitellinus ariel)

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Rare bird alert!! Participant Jacob Langford was able to capture the Pernambuco Foliage-gleaner.
Picidae (Woodpeckers)

GOLDEN-SPANGLED PICULET (BAHIA) (Picumnus exilis exilis) [E]

Tiny Woody seen well a couple of times.

SPOTTED PICULET (Picumnus pygmaeus)

Nice looking Piculet seen near Poções.

WHITE-BARRED PICULET (Picumnus cirratus) [E]

YELLOW-FRONTED WOODPECKER (Melanerpes flavifrons)

A gorgeous bird seen feeding on a fruiting tree near Camacan.

LITTLE WOODPECKER (Dryobates passerinus)

RED-STAINED WOODPECKER (Dryobates affinis)

CRIMSON-CRESTED WOODPECKER (Campephilus melanoleucos)

This beautiful big woodpecker was seen working near Conde right after we had a nice look at Lineated Woodpecker.

LINEATED WOODPECKER (Dryocopus lineatus)

RINGED WOODPECKER (ATLANTIC BLACK-BREASTED) (Celeus torquatus tinnunculus) [E]

The old friend is still there at Estação Veracel.


YELLOW-THROATED WOODPECKER (Piculus flavigula erythropis) [E]

Nice looks at Boa Nova.

GREEN-BARRED WOODPECKER (Colaptes melanochloros)

Cariamidae (Seriemas)

RED-LEGGED SERIEMA (Cariama cristata) [*]

Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)

LAUGHING FALCON (Herpetotheres cachinnans)

COLLARED FOREST-FALCON (Micrastur semitorquatus)

During a hot afternoon along the road across the Estação Veracel, we heard a bird calling not too far from us and after a few calls, he came and just perched 15ft in front of the group for a few minutes.

CRESTED CARACARA (SOUTHERN) (Caracara plancus plancus)

YELLOW-HEADED CARACARA (Daptrius chimachima)

AMERICAN KESTREL (Falco sparverius)

APLOMADO FALCON (Falco femoralis)

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Close to the end of the tour, we saw this Aplomado Falcon eating its prey on the Porto Seguro airport wall. Photo by participant Hanna Zhao.
Psittacidae (New World and African Parrots)


PLAIN PARAKEET (Brotogeris tirica)

BLUE-HEADED PARROT (REICHENOW'S) (Pionus menstruus reichenowi) [E]

RED-BROWED PARROT (Amazona rhodocorytha) [E]

A couple of birds were seen flying over the forest near Porto Seguro.

ORANGE-WINGED PARROT (Amazona amazonica)

COBALT-RUMPED PARROTLET (Forpus xanthopterygius)

OCHRE-MARKED PARAKEET (Pyrrhura cruentata) [E]

The best look in many years on the tour. We found two nice groups near to the road and both groups responded to the recording, coming in really close.

MAROON-BELLIED PARAKEET (Pyrrhura frontalis)

A few birds coming to the feeders at Serra Bonita.

GRAY-BREASTED PARAKEET (Pyrrhura griseipectus) [E]

The isolated population lives in the Mangroves, completely different from the birds up in the mountains of Baturité, Ceará state. We saw a big group feeding with some Golden-capped Parakeets.

MAROON-FACED PARAKEET (Pyrrhura leucotis) [E]

Brief looks at Fazenda Paris, lower part of Serra Bonita.


CACTUS PARAKEET (Eupsittula cactorum) [E]

Nice looks in the Caatinga habitat.

GOLDEN-CAPPED PARAKEET (Aratinga auricapillus auricapillus) [E]

Fantastic looks near Conde, home of the Gray-breasted Parakeet.

BLUE-WINGED MACAW (Primolius maracana)

Thamnophilidae (Typical Antbirds)

SPOT-BACKED ANTSHRIKE (Hypoedaleus guttatus) [E]

Heard in Boa Nova and seen along the trails in Serra Bonita.

TUFTED ANTSHRIKE (Mackenziaena severa) [E]

Always a challenge to see, but we had a couple of brief looks in Boa Nova.

GREAT ANTSHRIKE (Taraba major)

SILVERY-CHEEKED ANTSHRIKE (Sakesphoroides cristatus) [E]

Gorgeous antshrike seen on the way to Poções.

CAATINGA ANTWREN (Radinopsyche sellowi)

A male seen in a nice Caatinga patch near Poções.

BARRED ANTSHRIKE (CAATINGA) (Thamnophilus doliatus capistratus) [E]

CHESTNUT-BACKED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus palliatus)

PLANALTO SLATY-ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus pelzelni)

SOORETAMA SLATY-ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus ambiguus) [E]

Male and female seen on our first day, near Praia do Forte.

VARIABLE ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus caerulescens) [E]

SPOT-BREASTED ANTVIREO (Dysithamnus stictothorax) [E]

Fantastic looks along the Serra Bonita trails.

PLUMBEOUS ANTVIREO (Dysithamnus plumbeus) [E]

Rarely seen antbird and the area of Serra Bonita is maybe the best place to get it.

CINEREOUS ANTSHRIKE (Thamnomanes caesius)

A mixed-species flock found in a great forest near Itacaré.

WHITE-FLANKED ANTWREN (SILVERY-FLANKED) (Myrmotherula axillaris luctuosa) [E]

This race will probably be split soon. The "luctuosa" race is endemic to the Atlantic Forest and has no connection to the Amazonian ones.

SALVADORI'S ANTWREN (Myrmotherula minor) [E]

Fantastic Atlantic Forest endemic, this is one of the hardest Myrmotherula to find nowadays. We were very lucky to find a family moving with a understory flock at Serra Bonita.

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Take a look at this fantastic Azure Gallinule photo by participant Hanna Zhao.

BAND-TAILED ANTWREN (Myrmotherula urosticta) [E]

Male and female found moving with some other birds near Itacaré.

STRIPE-BACKED ANTBIRD (Myrmorchilus strigilatus strigilatus)

One of the most celebrated birds of Caatinga habitat, we saw a pair of birds near Poções.

BAHIA ANTWREN (Herpsilochmus pileatus) [E]

Fantastic looks near Praia do Forte during our first day of birding.

PECTORAL ANTWREN (Herpsilochmus pectoralis) [E]

A single male, like last year, was seen near Conde.

RUFOUS-MARGINED ANTWREN (Herpsilochmus rufimarginatus) [E]

A couple of birds seen nicely in Boa Nova.

NARROW-BILLED ANTWREN (Formicivora iheringi) [E]

Nice looking bird and great looks at Boa Nova.


It's now called Southern and it was seen well near Itacaré and later, in Porto Seguro.

BLACK-BELLIED ANTWREN (Formicivora melanogaster)

FERRUGINOUS ANTBIRD (Drymophila ferruginea) [E]

A family of birds seen foraging in Boa Nova.

SCALED ANTBIRD (Drymophila squamata) [E]

STREAK-CAPPED ANTWREN (Terenura maculata)

Brief looks in Boa Nova.

RIO DE JANEIRO ANTBIRD (Cercomacra brasiliana) [E]

The area of Boa Nova still has some nice habitat for these rare birds.

FRINGE-BACKED FIRE-EYE (Pyriglena atra) [E]

After a morning looking for it near Praia do Forte, we went to another forest fragment on the way to Conde and a pair of responsive birds came in close.

WHITE-SHOULDERED FIRE-EYE (Pyriglena leucoptera) [E]

SLENDER ANTBIRD (Rhopornis ardesiacus) [E]

A big antbird which lives in a very special habitat called Viny forest.

Conopophagidae (Gnateaters)

BLACK-CHEEKED GNATEATER (Conopophaga melanops perspicillata) [E]

After a nice (and long!) walk chasing the Bahia Tapaculo, we saw two nice Black-cheeked Gnateaters on the way back to the car.

RUFOUS GNATEATER (Conopophaga lineata lineata) [E]

Grallariidae (Antpittas)

VARIEGATED ANTPITTA (Grallaria varia) [*]

Rhinocryptidae (Tapaculos)

BAHIA TAPACULO (Eleoscytalopus psychopompus) [E*]

We worked hard to find this rare bird which called back a few times but did not get any closer to the group, unfortunately.

Nice moment at Estação Veracel reserve. A Hook-billed Hermit perched. Digiscoping video by guide Marcelo Barreiros.
Furnariidae (Ovenbirds and Woodcreepers)


OLIVACEOUS WOODCREEPER (OLIVACEOUS) (Sittasomus griseicapillus olivaceus)

OLIVACEOUS WOODCREEPER (OLIVACEOUS) (Sittasomus griseicapillus sylviellus) [E]

PLAIN-WINGED WOODCREEPER (Dendrocincla turdina) [E]

WEDGE-BILLED WOODCREEPER (CUNEATUS GROUP) (Glyphorynchus spirurus cuneatus)

WHITE-THROATED WOODCREEPER (Xiphocolaptes albicollis)

Huge woodcreeper with a strong beak, it's one of the first birds to sing in the morning, even before sunrise.

LESSER WOODCREEPER (Xiphorhynchus fuscus tenuirostris) [E]

BUFF-THROATED WOODCREEPER (BUFF-THROATED) (Xiphorhynchus guttatus guttatus)


Nice looks on the way to Conde.

NARROW-BILLED WOODCREEPER (Lepidocolaptes angustirostris)

PLAIN XENOPS (Xenops minutus)

STREAKED XENOPS (Xenops rutilans)

PALE-LEGGED HORNERO (Furnarius leucopus)

RUFOUS HORNERO (Furnarius rufus)



Seen moving with a flock along the trails at Serra Bonita.

GREAT XENOPS (Megaxenops parnaguae) [E]

One of the greatest Caatinga endemic birds, we saw a very cooperative individual near Poções.

PALE-BROWED TREEHUNTER (PALE-TAILED) (Cichlocolaptes leucophrus leucophrus) [E]

It took a long time but we found a bird moving with a canopy flock along the entrance road of Serra Bonita.

BLACK-CAPPED FOLIAGE-GLEANER (Philydor atricapillus) [E]

OCHRE-BREASTED FOLIAGE-GLEANER (Anabacerthia lichtensteini) [E]


Super rare bird nowadays, we had a superb look in a forest fragment on the way to Conde.

WHITE-EYED FOLIAGE-GLEANER (Automolus leucophthalmus leucophthalmus)

RUFOUS-FRONTED THORNBIRD (RUFOUS-FRONTED) (Phacellodomus rufifrons rufifrons)

STRIATED SOFTTAIL (Thripophaga macroura) [E]

A pair of birds moving with a flock at Serra Bonita.

PALLID SPINETAIL (Cranioleuca pallida) [E]

GRAY-HEADED SPINETAIL (Cranioleuca semicinerea) [E]

CAATINGA CACHOLOTE (Pseudoseisura cristata) [E]

A pair of birds near to their nest at Conde.

YELLOW-CHINNED SPINETAIL (Certhiaxis cinnamomeus)

BAHIA SPINETAIL (Synallaxis cinerea) [E]

Seen well a couple of times in Boa Nova.

SPIX'S SPINETAIL (Synallaxis spixi)

SOOTY-FRONTED SPINETAIL (Synallaxis frontalis)

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Participant Russ Cole captured the group waiting for birds near Poções.
Pipridae (Manakins)


BLUE-BACKED MANAKIN (Chiroxiphia pareola)

SWALLOW-TAILED MANAKIN (Chiroxiphia caudata) [E]

Great looks in Boa Nova.

PIN-TAILED MANAKIN (Ilicura militaris) [E]

Two females plumaged birds and one adult individual seen this year.


KINGLET MANAKIN (Machaeropterus regulus) [E]

What a bird! One of my favorite ones, we saw several males including one displaying near to the ground on the Cunduru State Park.

WHITE-CROWNED MANAKIN (ATLANTIC) (Pseudopipra pipra cephaleucos) [E]

RED-HEADED MANAKIN (Ceratopipra rubrocapilla)

Two males displaying near Itacaré.

Cotingidae (Cotingas)

BLACK-HEADED BERRYEATER (Carpornis melanocephala) [E]

After a couple of hours looking for it we found two birds along the road across the Estação Veracel Reserve, in Porto Seguro.

BANDED COTINGA (Cotinga maculata) [E]

YES!! This is a prize for the brave birders who remained a couple of hours looking for this gorgeous bird coming to feed on the pal trees. We saw a female and two males this year!

SCREAMING PIHA (Lipaugus vociferans)

Seen near Itacaré.

BARE-THROATED BELLBIRD (Procnias nudicollis) [E]

Fantastic bird and looks near Itacaré. Thanks to our friend Léo Patrial for taking us to see it.

WHITE-WINGED COTINGA (Xipholena atropurpurea) [E]

A female seen in a nice fragment on the way to Conde.

Tityridae (Tityras and Allies)


BROWN-WINGED SCHIFFORNIS (Schiffornis turdina)

CHESTNUT-CROWNED BECARD (Pachyramphus castaneus)

BLACK-CAPPED BECARD (Pachyramphus marginatus)

Oxyruncidae (Sharpbill, Royal Flycatcher, and Allies)

SHARPBILL (Oxyruncus cristatus)

WOW! A super wide distributed bird but never easy to see anywhere. We were lucky to have a bird responding near to the main building at Serra Bonita and coming in below eye level for a couple of times.

Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)

WHITE-THROATED SPADEBILL (Platyrinchus mystaceus)

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One of the tour highlights near ilhéus, a family of Gold-and-Black Lion Tamarin. Great picture by participant Hanna Zhao.

SEPIA-CAPPED FLYCATCHER (Leptopogon amaurocephalus)

BAHIA TYRANNULET (Phylloscartes beckeri) [E]

A hard one this year; me and Suzi were the only ones able to get it, moving with the flock.

DRAB-BREASTED PYGMY-TYRANT (Hemitriccus diops) [E]

STRIPE-NECKED TODY-TYRANT (Hemitriccus striaticollis)

HANGNEST TODY-TYRANT (Hemitriccus nidipendulus) [E]

Great looks in Boa Nova.

PEARLY-VENTED TODY-TYRANT (Hemitriccus margaritaceiventer)

FORK-TAILED PYGMY-TYRANT (Hemitriccus furcatus) [E]

The nice patch of bamboo where we usually see it has died and it will take a few years to be back but a pair of birds were spotted not too far from there.

GRAY-HEADED TODY-FLYCATCHER (Todirostrum poliocephalum) [E]

COMMON TODY-FLYCATCHER (Todirostrum cinereum)

OCHRE-LORED FLATBILL (Tolmomyias flaviventris)

Heard a couple of times and seen in Porto Seguro.

CLIFF FLYCATCHER (SWALLOW) (Hirundinea ferruginea bellicosa)


SUIRIRI FLYCATCHER (Suiriri suiriri bahiae)

Two birds seen very well near Boa Nova.


YELLOW TYRANNULET (Capsiempis flaveola)

GREENISH ELAENIA (Myiopagis viridicata)

PLAIN-CRESTED ELAENIA (Elaenia cristata)

YELLOW-BELLIED ELAENIA (Elaenia flavogaster)

LARGE ELAENIA (Elaenia spectabilis)

LESSER ELAENIA (Elaenia chiriquensis)

Seen on the very first morning.

WHITE-CRESTED TYRANNULET (Serpophaga subcristata)

Nice looks near Poções.

PLANALTO TYRANNULET (Phyllomyias fasciatus)

GRAY-CAPPED TYRANNULET (Phyllomyias griseocapilla) [E]

FULVOUS-CROWNED SCRUB-TYRANT (Euscarthmus meloryphus)

BAHIA WAGTAIL-TYRANT (Stigmatura bahiae) [E]

A single one seen on the way to Poções.

EULER'S FLYCATCHER (Lathrotriccus euleri)



YELLOW-BROWED TYRANT (Satrapa icterophrys)

WHITE-HEADED MARSH TYRANT (Arundinicola leucocephala)

MASKED WATER-TYRANT (Fluvicola nengeta)

LONG-TAILED TYRANT (Colonia colonus)


GRAYISH MOURNER (Rhytipterna simplex)

SWAINSON'S FLYCATCHER (Myiarchus swainsoni)


BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHER (Myiarchus tyrannulus)

CATTLE TYRANT (Machetornis rixosa)

GREAT KISKADEE (Pitangus sulphuratus)

Our "everyday bird".

BOAT-BILLED FLYCATCHER (Megarynchus pitangua)

SOCIAL FLYCATCHER (Myiozetetes similis)

THREE-STRIPED FLYCATCHER (Conopias trivirgatus) [*]

STREAKED FLYCATCHER (Myiodynastes maculatus)

PIRATIC FLYCATCHER (Legatus leucophaius)

VARIEGATED FLYCATCHER (Empidonomus varius)

TROPICAL KINGBIRD (Tyrannus melancholicus)

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Nice male Kinglet Manakin captured by participant Hanna Zhao.
Vireonidae (Vireos, Shrike-Babblers, and Erpornis)


GRAY-EYED GREENLET (Hylophilus amaurocephalus) [E]

CHIVI VIREO (MIGRATORY) (Vireo chivi chivi)

Donacobiidae (Donacobius)

BLACK-CAPPED DONACOBIUS (Donacobius atricapilla)

Hirundinidae (Swallows)

WHITE-WINGED SWALLOW (Tachycineta albiventer)

WHITE-RUMPED SWALLOW (Tachycineta leucorrhoa)

GRAY-BREASTED MARTIN (Progne chalybea)


SOUTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW (Stelgidopteryx ruficollis)

BLUE-AND-WHITE SWALLOW (Pygochelidon cyanoleuca)

Polioptilidae (Gnatcatchers)

LONG-BILLED GNATWREN (Ramphocaenus melanurus)

TROPICAL GNATCATCHER (Polioptila plumbea)

Seen well along the Caatinga habitat.

Troglodytidae (Wrens)

HOUSE WREN (Troglodytes aedon)

THRUSH-LIKE WREN (SPOT-BREASTED) (Campylorhynchus turdinus turdinus) [E]

A pair of these loud birds were seen in a side road near Ilhéus.

MOUSTACHED WREN (Pheugopedius genibarbis)

LONG-BILLED WREN (Cantorchilus longirostris bahiae) [E]

Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)


TROPICAL MOCKINGBIRD (SOUTHERN) (Mimus gilvus antelius) [E]

Seen coming to the feeders at the hotel in Porto Seguro.

Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)

RUFOUS-BROWN SOLITAIRE (Cichlopsis leucogenys) [E]

Nice bird seen (and heard!!) well in Boa Nova.

PALE-BREASTED THRUSH (Turdus leucomelas)

YELLOW-LEGGED THRUSH (Turdus flavipes)

Seen coming to the banana feeders in Serra Bonita.

WHITE-NECKED THRUSH (Turdus albicollis)

RUFOUS-BELLIED THRUSH (Turdus rufiventris)

CREAMY-BELLIED THRUSH (Turdus amaurochalinus)

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Male White-throated Seedeater captured by participant Hanna Zhao.
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)

HOUSE SPARROW (Passer domesticus)

Fringillidae (Finches, Euphonias, and Allies)

BLUE-NAPED CHLOROPHONIA (Chlorophonia cyanea)

Male and female seen moving with a flock of tanagers in Serra Bonita.

PURPLE-THROATED EUPHONIA (Euphonia chlorotica)

VIOLACEOUS EUPHONIA (Euphonia violacea)

ORANGE-BELLIED EUPHONIA (Euphonia xanthogaster)

Male and female seen at Léo's house, in Itacaré.

CHESTNUT-BELLIED EUPHONIA (Euphonia pectoralis) [E]

Nice looks a few times this year.

Passerellidae (New World Sparrows)

GRASSLAND SPARROW (Ammodramus humeralis)

PECTORAL SPARROW (Arremon taciturnus)

RUFOUS-COLLARED SPARROW (Zonotrichia capensis)

Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)


RED-RUMPED CACIQUE (Cacicus haemorrhous)

VARIABLE ORIOLE (CHESTNUT-SHOULDERED) (Icterus pyrrhopterus pyrrhopterus)

CAMPO TROUPIAL (Icterus jamacaii)

SHINY COWBIRD (Molothrus bonariensis)

CHOPI BLACKBIRD (Gnorimopsar chopi)

CHESTNUT-CAPPED BLACKBIRD (Chrysomus ruficapillus)

Parulidae (New World Warblers)


TROPICAL PARULA (Setophaga pitiayumi)

GOLDEN-CROWNED WARBLER (Basileuterus culicivorus)

FLAVESCENT WARBLER (Myiothlypis flaveola)

This Margay has been released at Serra Bonita reserve and sometimes comes to the main building looking for food. Video by guide Marcelo Barreiros
Cardinalidae (Cardinals and Allies)


YELLOW-GREEN GROSBEAK (Caryothraustes canadensis frontalis)

Fantastic looks in Port Seguro.

Thraupidae (Tanagers and Allies)

RED-COWLED CARDINAL (Paroaria dominicana) [E]

CINNAMON TANAGER (Schistochlamys ruficapillus)

SCARLET-THROATED TANAGER (Compsothraupis loricata) [E]

A flock seen near Poções.

HOODED TANAGER (Nemosia pileata)

BLACK-GOGGLED TANAGER (Trichothraupis melanops)

Seen foraging with an understory flock in Boa Nova.

FLAME-CRESTED TANAGER (Loriotus cristatus)

WHITE-LINED TANAGER (Tachyphonus rufus)

BRAZILIAN TANAGER (Ramphocelus bresilius) [E]

It's always great to see this gorgeous bird.

SAYACA TANAGER (Thraupis sayaca)


PALM TANAGER (Thraupis palmarum)


WHITE-BELLIED TANAGER (Tangara brasiliensis) [E]

A recent split, seen very, very nicely in Porto Seguro.

OPAL-RUMPED TANAGER (SILVER-BREASTED) (Tangara velia cyanomelas) [E]

Great looks in Itacaré and Porto Seguro.

GREEN-HEADED TANAGER (Tangara seledon) [E]

RED-NECKED TANAGER (Tangara cyanocephala corallina) [E]

This gorgeous tanager was seen foraging with Green-headed Tanager in Serra Bonita.

GILT-EDGED TANAGER (Tangara cyanoventris) [E]

BLUE DACNIS (Dacnis cayana)


GREEN HONEYCREEPER (Chlorophanes spiza)

YELLOW-BACKED TANAGER (Hemithraupis flavicollis melanoxantha) [E]

BICOLORED CONEBILL (Conirostrum bicolor)

A few birds found at the Mangroves in Conde.

CHESTNUT-VENTED CONEBILL (Conirostrum speciosum)

BLUE FINCH (Rhopospina caerulescens)

A beautiful adult male found on the very first morning, near Camaçari.

SAFFRON FINCH (Sicalis flaveola)

WEDGE-TAILED GRASS-FINCH (Emberizoides herbicola)

BLUE-BLACK GRASSQUIT (Volatinia jacarina)

WHITE-BELLIED SEEDEATER (Sporophila leucoptera)

WHITE-THROATED SEEDEATER (Sporophila albogularis) [E]

Great looks in Boa Nova.

PILEATED FINCH (Coryphospingus pileatus)

BANANAQUIT (Coereba flaveola)

SOOTY GRASSQUIT (Asemospiza fuliginosa)

Nice surprise in Boa Nova.


GREEN-WINGED SALTATOR (Saltator similis)

BLACK-THROATED GROSBEAK (Saltator fuliginosus) [E]

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One of two male Banded Cotingas we saw this year. Photo by participant Hanna Zhao.


LONG-NOSED BAT (Rhynchonycteris naso)

TUFTED-EAR MARMOSET (Callithrix jacchus) [E]

GOLD-AND-BLACK LION TAMARIN (Leontopithecus chrysomelas)

One of the biggest highlights on the tour this year, in a side road not too far from Ilhéus, we found a family of these gorgeous little monkeys. Thanks for Léo Patrial for the tips.

MASKED TITI MONKEY (Callicebus personatus) [E]

BROWN CAPUCHIN (Cebus apella)

MANED THREE-TOED SLOTH (Bradypus torquatus) [E]

A nice individual seen in Praia do Forte area.

CAPYBARA (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)


GIANT AMEIVA (Ameiva ameiva)

Totals for the tour: 351 bird taxa and 7 mammal taxa