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Jaguar Spotting: Pantanal & Garden of the Amazon I (Private) 2019
Jun 20, 2019 to Jul 1, 2019
Marcelo Barreiros

A gorgeous female Jaguar enjoying the shade. Photo by guide Marcelo Barreiros.

This tour is an incredible introductory trip for all who come to Brazil for the first time. It features the largest wetland in the world, the Pantanal, and the southern border of the Amazon rainforest. In the Amazon part of the tour, we stay in a large lodge called Jardim da Amazônia (Garden of the Amazon), which is special because it is in a transitional forest between the Amazon and the Cerrado.

This is the habitat of a very special (and desired) bird, the Cone-billed Tanager, found only in a unique habitat near flooded areas. We were very lucky and had great views of male and female on our first morning! In the same spot, we found another large bird, a beautiful Point-tailed Palmcreeper, only found foraging in Moriche palm trees. It was a highlight for sure!

Other highlights for those days were great looks at Fiery-capped Manakins, which were all over the place, Southern Antpipit, many Brown Jacamar sightings, including a nest, and a great record of Flammulated Pygmy-Tyrant.

After that, we moved to the Pantanal, a completely different habitat, and new birds for us. The Transpantaneira Road, a 145-kilometer-long dirty road, is one of the best birdwatching roads in the world, teeming with great concentrations of Egrets, Jabirus, Wood Storks, Ibis, and many other nice birds, and mammals such as Marsh Deer, seen a few times along the road.

At the same time this place can be tricky, as we noticed after a 2 hour rain the last 50 km a day before we got there. We had to exchange our vehicle for one with special tires to get through that very muddy area. We are very grateful to our driver, Kelven, who did a great job, especially on that evening. Thanks a lot, man !!!

All the lodges in the Pantanal are far from the main road and their entry roads are equally perfect birdwatching sites, usually covered by some forest providing good habitats for little birds like Plain Tyrannulet, Rusty-backed Antwren, Helmeted Manakin and Fawn-breasted Wren.

In addition, we had fabulous encounters with two of the most special animals in the world. The largest parrot in the world, the Hyacinth Macaw, a dazzling, large, noisy bird, impossible to miss, nowadays very common in some places in the Pantanal, such as Jofre Lodge Port, where they are actually breeding.

How about the Jaguars?! We saw at least six different animals along the Cuiabá and Três Irmãos rivers. We found a female walking near the water and after a brief look she went into the bushes and suddenly we heard a very loud roar. There was probably another Jaguar nearby. Another great moment was to watch a jaguar swimming by the Cuiabá river.

Thank you guys for this great 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! Seen many times, mainly in the Pantanal.
Tinamidae (Tinamous)
CINEREOUS TINAMOU (Crypturellus cinereus) [*]
LITTLE TINAMOU (Crypturellus soui) [*]
UNDULATED TINAMOU (Crypturellus undulatus) [*]
Anhimidae (Screamers)
SOUTHERN SCREAMER (Chauna torquata) – A big bird, seen a few times in the Pantanal.
Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
WHITE-FACED WHISTLING-DUCK (Dendrocygna viduata) – A big group seen on the way back from Porto Jofre.
BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK (Dendrocygna autumnalis)
MUSCOVY DUCK (Cairina moschata)
Cracidae (Guans, Chachalacas, and Curassows)
CHACO CHACHALACA (Ortalis canicollis) – Our alarm clock in the Pantanal!
SPECKLED CHACHALACA (Ortalis guttata) [*]
CHESTNUT-BELLIED GUAN (Penelope ochrogaster)
BLUE-THROATED PIPING-GUAN (Pipile cumanensis) – Great looks during our boat trip at Rio Claro, in the Pantanal.
RED-THROATED PIPING-GUAN (Pipile cujubi) – A little group seen very well at Jd da Amazônia lodge.
BARE-FACED CURASSOW (Crax fasciolata)

Participant Becky Hansen captured this great photo of a Hyacinth Macaw at Porto Jofre lodge.

Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
PALE-VENTED PIGEON (Patagioenas cayennensis)
SCALED PIGEON (Patagioenas speciosa) – A nice looking pigeon seen well at Jd da Amazônia lodge.
PICAZURO PIGEON (Patagioenas picazuro)
PLUMBEOUS PIGEON (Patagioenas plumbea)
RUDDY PIGEON (Patagioenas subvinacea)
RUDDY GROUND-DOVE (Columbina talpacoti)
SCALED DOVE (Columbina squammata)
LONG-TAILED GROUND-DOVE (Uropelia campestris) – A special one, spotted by Becky, during a birding stop along the Transpantaneira road.
WHITE-TIPPED DOVE (Leptotila verreauxi)
GRAY-FRONTED DOVE (Leptotila rufaxilla)
Cuculidae (Cuckoos)
GUIRA CUCKOO (Guira guira)
SMOOTH-BILLED ANI (Crotophaga ani)
LITTLE CUCKOO (Coccycua minuta) – Beautiful Cuckoo seen from the boat at Piuval Lake.
SQUIRREL CUCKOO (Piaya cayana)

An adult Jabiru was taking a fresh branch to its nest. Photo by guide Marcelo Barreiros.

BLACK-BELLIED CUCKOO (Piaya melanogaster) – Great looks at Jd da Amazônia.
Caprimulgidae (Nightjars and Allies)
NACUNDA NIGHTHAWK (Chordeiles nacunda) – The biggest Nighthawk in the world!
BAND-TAILED NIGHTHAWK (Nyctiprogne leucopyga) – Hundreds of birds seen over the Cuiabá river after a great day looking for Jaguars and birds.
COMMON PAURAQUE (Nyctidromus albicollis)
OCELLATED POORWILL (Nyctiphrynus ocellatus) – A hard bird to get, seen for a few minutes in the scope at Jd da Amazônia.
Nyctibiidae (Potoos)
COMMON POTOO (Nyctibius griseus) – Great bird! We saw it once, on the Jd da Amazônia entrance road.
Apodidae (Swifts)
AMAZONIAN SWIFT (Chaetura viridipennis)
GRAY-RUMPED SWIFT (Chaetura cinereiventris)
FORK-TAILED PALM-SWIFT (Tachornis squamata)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
WHITE-NECKED JACOBIN (Florisuga mellivora)
BUFF-BELLIED HERMIT (Phaethornis subochraceus) – A very responsive bird seen near Porto Jofre lodge, right at the end of Transpantaneira.
BLACK-EARED FAIRY (Heliothryx auritus)
BLACK-THROATED MANGO (Anthracothorax nigricollis) – We had a great moment in the Amazonian part of the tour. A female feeding two young in her nest.
BLUE-TUFTED STARTHROAT (Heliomaster furcifer) – This is a migrant bird, usually seen in its eclipse plumage in the part of the country. We only saw one male in breeding plumage. Beautiful hummer!
GRAY-BREASTED SABREWING (Campylopterus largipennis)
FORK-TAILED WOODNYMPH (Thalurania furcata)
VERSICOLORED EMERALD (Amazilia versicolor)
WHITE-CHINNED SAPPHIRE (Hylocharis cyanus)
GILDED HUMMINGBIRD (Hylocharis chrysura)
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
GRAY-COWLED WOOD-RAIL (Aramides cajaneus)
AZURE GALLINULE (Porphyrio flavirostris) – Nice looks during a boat trip at Piuval Lake.

Participant John Longstreth got this great shot of a Great Black Hawk fishing.

RUFOUS-SIDED CRAKE (Laterallus melanophaius) – That bird was very, very close to us! We saw its shadow in the grass but he never showed himself.
Aramidae (Limpkin)
LIMPKIN (Aramus guarauna)
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
BLACK-NECKED STILT (WHITE-BACKED) (Himantopus mexicanus melanurus)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
PIED LAPWING (Vanellus cayanus)
SOUTHERN LAPWING (Vanellus chilensis)
COLLARED PLOVER (Charadrius collaris) – Seen a few times on the sand beach of Cuiabá river.
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)
Eurypygidae (Sunbittern)
SUNBITTERN (Eurypyga helias) [*]
Ciconiidae (Storks)
JABIRU (Jabiru mycteria) – One of the greatest birds in the Pantanal. This huge guy always provides fantastic views.
WOOD STORK (Mycteria americana)
Anhingidae (Anhingas)
ANHINGA (Anhinga anhinga)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
NEOTROPIC CORMORANT (Phalacrocorax brasilianus)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
LEAST BITTERN (Ixobrychus exilis) – Fantastic looks on the Piuval lake.
RUFESCENT TIGER-HERON (Tigrisoma lineatum)
COCOI HERON (Ardea cocoi)
GREAT EGRET (Ardea alba)
SNOWY EGRET (Egretta thula)
LITTLE BLUE HERON (Egretta caerulea) – A few sights in the Pantanal.
CATTLE EGRET (Bubulcus ibis)

Participant Becky Hansen got this great image of a male and female Rusty-backed Antwren in the same frame!

STRIATED HERON (Butorides striata)
WHISTLING HERON (Syrigma sibilatrix) – One of the favorite birds for the group, this fancy heron was seen a few times in the Pantanal.
CAPPED HERON (Pilherodius pileatus) – A beautiful heron well seen on the way back from Porto Jofre.
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Threskiornithidae (Ibises and Spoonbills)
GREEN IBIS (Mesembrinibis cayennensis)
BARE-FACED IBIS (Phimosus infuscatus)
PLUMBEOUS IBIS (Theristicus caerulescens) – A nice looking Ibis that is fairly common in the Pantanal.
BUFF-NECKED IBIS (Theristicus caudatus)
ROSEATE SPOONBILL (Platalea ajaja) – Common in the Pantanal.
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
KING VULTURE (Sarcoramphus papa) – We saw an adult flying across the Rio Claro, at Jd da Amazônia lodge.
BLACK VULTURE (Coragyps atratus)
TURKEY VULTURE (Cathartes aura)
LESSER YELLOW-HEADED VULTURE (Cathartes burrovianus) – This one replaces Greater Yellow-headed Vulture in the Pantanal.
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
BLACK-COLLARED HAWK (Busarellus nigricollis)
SNAIL KITE (Rostrhamus sociabilis)
CRANE HAWK (BANDED) (Geranospiza caerulescens gracilis) – A very nice view from the boat on the Cuiabá river. We saw an adult looking for insects in the holes with its long legs.
SAVANNA HAWK (Buteogallus meridionalis)
GREAT BLACK HAWK (Buteogallus urubitinga)

A nice photo of a Red-throated Piping-guan by participant John Longstreth. Fantastic bird!

ROADSIDE HAWK (Rupornis magnirostris)
Strigidae (Owls)
TROPICAL SCREECH-OWL (Megascops choliba) [*]
TAWNY-BELLIED SCREECH-OWL (AUSTRAL) (Megascops watsonii usta) [*]
GREAT HORNED OWL (Bubo virginianus) – Our driver in the Pantanal, Kelven, showed us a family roosting on a big tree on the way to Porto Jofre. Thanks a lot, buddy!
FERRUGINOUS PYGMY-OWL (Glaucidium brasilianum)
BURROWING OWL (Athene cunicularia)
Trogonidae (Trogons)
GREEN-BACKED TROGON (Trogon viridis) [*]
Momotidae (Motmots)
AMAZONIAN MOTMOT (Momotus momota) [*]
Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
RINGED KINGFISHER (Megaceryle torquata) – There's at least one of these huge Kingfishers on each bridge along the Transpantaneira road.
AMAZON KINGFISHER (Chloroceryle amazona)
GREEN KINGFISHER (Chloroceryle americana)
Bucconidae (Puffbirds)
BLACK-FRONTED NUNBIRD (Monasa nigrifrons)
SWALLOW-WINGED PUFFBIRD (Chelidoptera tenebrosa)
Galbulidae (Jacamars)
BROWN JACAMAR (Brachygalba lugubris melanosterna) – This year a group of these fancy Jacamars were very active around our rooms at Jd da Amazônia lodge.
BLUE-CHEEKED JACAMAR (Galbula cyanicollis) – After several "heard only" on the Jd da Amazônia trails, we had a wonderful view on Jatobá trail. Two birds came in close to us for a few minutes.
RUFOUS-TAILED JACAMAR (Galbula ruficauda)
BRONZY JACAMAR (Galbula leucogastra) [*]

Red-crested Finch is fairly common in the Pantanal. Photo by participant John Longstreth.

Capitonidae (New World Barbets)
BLACK-GIRDLED BARBET (Capito dayi) – What a bird! They are not common at Jd da Amazônia and it's usually a challenge to find them. We were very lucky and found a pair singing along the entrance road. We had fantastic scope views.
Ramphastidae (Toucans)
LETTERED ARACARI (Pteroglossus inscriptus) – Nice little aracari, the smallest one found in this region. We had great looks around Jd da Amazônia Lodge.
CHESTNUT-EARED ARACARI (Pteroglossus castanotis) – Common in the Pantanal.
RED-NECKED ARACARI (Pteroglossus bitorquatus)
GOULD'S TOUCANET (Selenidera gouldii) – All the birds of this genus have a golden color on the nape. This one is found on the south of Amazon river and east of Madeira river.
TOCO TOUCAN (Ramphastos toco) – Great looks in the Pantanal.
WHITE-THROATED TOUCAN (CUVIER'S) (Ramphastos tucanus cuvieri)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
BAR-BREASTED PICULET (Picumnus aurifrons) – Seen a few times at Jd da Amazônia lodge.
WHITE-WEDGED PICULET (Picumnus albosquamatus) – This one replaces Bar-breasted Piculet in Cerrado and Pantanal habitats.
WHITE WOODPECKER (Melanerpes candidus) – A special moment on the tour! Helen told me this one was her favorite Woody for this tour. We heard a group calling while we were watching the Blue-and-yellow Macaw giving us a show. Those woodpeckers flew right over our heads and landed on a dead tree by the road. Fantastic moment!
YELLOW-TUFTED WOODPECKER (Melanerpes cruentatus)
LITTLE WOODPECKER (Dryobates passerinus)
RED-STAINED WOODPECKER (Dryobates affinis)
RED-NECKED WOODPECKER (Campephilus rubricollis) – The biggest Woodpecker in the Amazon! We saw a pair of these amazing birds on Jatobá trail.
CRIMSON-CRESTED WOODPECKER (Campephilus melanoleucos) – We saw a male drumming on the Rio Claro lodge entrance road. Great looks in the scope.
LINEATED WOODPECKER (Dryocopus lineatus)
RINGED WOODPECKER (Celeus torquatus)
CREAM-COLORED WOODPECKER (Celeus flavus) – Between a Jaguar and other, we spotted a group from the boat on the Cuiabá river.
PALE-CRESTED WOODPECKER (Celeus lugubris) – A Pantanal specialty! We had a few encounters with this awesome bird.
GOLDEN-GREEN WOODPECKER (Piculus chrysochloros)
GREEN-BARRED WOODPECKER (Colaptes melanochloros)

Least Bittern is always shy, but this one gave us a nice show during a boat trip along Bento Gomes river. Photo by participant John Longstreth.

CAMPO FLICKER (Colaptes campestris)
Cariamidae (Seriemas)
RED-LEGGED SERIEMA (Cariama cristata)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
CRYPTIC FOREST-FALCON (Micrastur mintoni) [*]
COLLARED FOREST-FALCON (Micrastur semitorquatus) [*]
SOUTHERN CARACARA (Caracara plancus)
YELLOW-HEADED CARACARA (Milvago chimachima)
LAUGHING FALCON (Herpetotheres cachinnans)
BAT FALCON (Falco rufigularis) – A very nice moment at Piuval lodge.
Psittacidae (New World and African Parrots)
MONK PARAKEET (Myiopsitta monachus)
ORANGE-CHEEKED PARROT (Pyrilia barrabandi) – Two birds flying across the river at Jd da Amazônia lodge.
SCALY-HEADED PARROT (Pionus maximiliani) – In the Pantanal we have a nominal subspecies. The main difference is the presence of a white eye ring.
BLUE-HEADED PARROT (Pionus menstruus) – A common bird at Jd da Amazônia lodge.
YELLOW-CROWNED PARROT (Amazona ochrocephala)
ORANGE-WINGED PARROT (Amazona amazonica)
SANTAREM PARAKEET (MADEIRA) (Pyrrhura amazonum snethlageae) – A very nice bird seen a few times on Jd da Amazônia trails.
HYACINTH MACAW (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) – A jewel of the Pantanal! The largest parrot in the world, it's magical to see this bird in the wild.
RED-BELLIED MACAW (Orthopsittaca manilatus) – One of the four species of birds closely related to the Moriche Palm trees.
BLUE-WINGED MACAW (Primolius maracana)
BLUE-AND-YELLOW MACAW (Ara ararauna) – One of the highlight moments on the tour, a huge number of Macaws coming to roost by a lek on the Jd da Amazônia entrance road.
BLUE-CROWNED PARAKEET (Thectocercus acuticaudatus)
RED-SHOULDERED MACAW (Diopsittaca nobilis) – Common by our rooms at Jd da Amazônia lodge.
WHITE-EYED PARAKEET (Psittacara leucophthalmus)
Thamnophilidae (Typical Antbirds)
GREAT ANTSHRIKE (Taraba major)
BARRED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus doliatus)
PLAIN-WINGED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus schistaceus)
NATTERER'S SLATY-ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus stictocephalus)
PLANALTO SLATY-ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus pelzelni) – This one replaces Natterer's Slaty-Antshrike in the Cerrado and Pantanal habitats.
WHITE-SHOULDERED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus aethiops) [*]
AMAZONIAN ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus amazonicus)
PLAIN ANTVIREO (Dysithamnus mentalis)
WHITE-FLANKED ANTWREN (Myrmotherula axillaris)
LONG-WINGED ANTWREN (Myrmotherula longipennis) – Nice looks on Jatobá trail.
LARGE-BILLED ANTWREN (Herpsilochmus longirostris)

Paraguayan Caiman is very abundant in the Pantanal now-a-days. Photo by participant Becky Hansen.

RUFOUS-WINGED ANTWREN (Herpsilochmus rufimarginatus)
BLACK-BELLIED ANTWREN (Formicivora melanogaster) – We had great looks at Piuval Lodge.
RUSTY-BACKED ANTWREN (Formicivora rufa) – On the way back from Porto Jofre, we found a very responsive pair of these fancy little birds along the Transpantaneira road.
RONDONIA WARBLING-ANTBIRD (Hypocnemis ochrogyna) – A recent split from Warbling Antbird.
BLACKISH ANTBIRD (Cercomacroides nigrescens) [*]
GRAY ANTBIRD (Cercomacra cinerascens)
MATO GROSSO ANTBIRD (Cercomacra melanaria) – Another Pantanal specialty seen very nicely during this tour.
WHITE-BACKED FIRE-EYE (Pyriglena leuconota) – Male and female seen nicely on the Jatobá trail.
BLACK-FACED ANTBIRD (Myrmoborus myotherinus ochrolaemus) [*]
CHESTNUT-TAILED ANTBIRD (PALLENS) (Sciaphylax hemimelaena pallens) – It was a challenge but we made it! Male and female seen during our last morning at Jd da Amazônia lodge.
XINGU SCALE-BACKED ANTBIRD (Willisornis vidua) [*]
BLACK-SPOTTED BARE-EYE (Phlegopsis nigromaculata) [*]
Furnariidae (Ovenbirds and Woodcreepers)
OLIVACEOUS WOODCREEPER (Sittasomus griseicapillus) – Seen a few times during the tour.
PLAIN-BROWN WOODCREEPER (Dendrocincla fuliginosa) – Nice looks on our last morning at Jd da Amazônia trails.
WEDGE-BILLED WOODCREEPER (Glyphorynchus spirurus)
GREAT RUFOUS WOODCREEPER (Xiphocolaptes major) – A huge woodcreeper seen very nicely at Piuval lodge.
STRIPED WOODCREEPER (Xiphorhynchus obsoletus) – A bird only found in the flooded forest.
ELEGANT WOODCREEPER (Xiphorhynchus elegans) – That was tough! We heard four different individuals and none of them were interested in playing ball!
RED-BILLED SCYTHEBILL (Campylorhamphus trochilirostris) – Thanks to John for spotting this nice woodcreeper for the group.
NARROW-BILLED WOODCREEPER (Lepidocolaptes angustirostris)

A pretty Masked Gnatcatcher was nicely photographed by participant John Longstreth.

RONDONIA WOODCREEPER (Lepidocolaptes fuscicapillus) – A recent split from Lineated Woodcreeper, this one is found between the Madeira and Tapajós rivers.
POINT-TAILED PALMCREEPER (Berlepschia rikeri) – Another species only found on Moriche Palm trees. This special bird gave us a show on our first morning at Jd da Amazônia lodge.
PALE-LEGGED HORNERO (Furnarius leucopus)
RUFOUS HORNERO (Furnarius rufus)
RUFOUS-FRONTED THORNBIRD (Phacellodomus rufifrons) – Great looks on the Rio Claro lodge entrance road.
RUSTY-BACKED SPINETAIL (Cranioleuca vulpina)
RUFOUS CACHOLOTE (Pseudoseisura unirufa)
YELLOW-CHINNED SPINETAIL (Certhiaxis cinnamomeus)
CHOTOY SPINETAIL (Schoeniophylax phryganophilus) – One of the most beautiful (and with the longest Latin name) spinetails in Brazil!
WHITE-LORED SPINETAIL (Synallaxis albilora) – Fantastic looks at this Pantanal specialty.
CINEREOUS-BREASTED SPINETAIL (Synallaxis hypospodia) [*]
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
SUBTROPICAL DORADITO (Pseudocolopteryx acutipennis) – This little bird is always a target to get in the Pantanal! We were very lucky to find three of them on the way back from Porto Jofre.
FOREST ELAENIA (Myiopagis gaimardii)
SEPIA-CAPPED FLYCATCHER (Leptopogon amaurocephalus)
PLAIN TYRANNULET (Inezia inornata) – Seen a few times in the Pantanal.
SOUTHERN ANTPIPIT (Corythopis delalandi) – A nice looking bird, usually walking on the ground or perched nearby.
SHORT-TAILED PYGMY-TYRANT (Myiornis ecaudatus) [*]
HELMETED PYGMY-TYRANT (Lophotriccus galeatus)
FLAMMULATED PYGMY-TYRANT (Hemitriccus flammulatus) – A special bird. This population present on the Jd da Amazônia area is isolated from the biggest one, on the west of the Amazon, associated with bamboo forest.
STRIPE-NECKED TODY-TYRANT (Hemitriccus striaticollis)
PEARLY-VENTED TODY-TYRANT (Hemitriccus margaritaceiventer)
RUSTY-FRONTED TODY-FLYCATCHER (Poecilotriccus latirostris) – Seen nicely at Piuval lodge.
COMMON TODY-FLYCATCHER (Todirostrum cinereum)
YELLOW-OLIVE FLYCATCHER (Tolmomyias sulphurescens)
EULER'S FLYCATCHER (Lathrotriccus euleri)
FUSCOUS FLYCATCHER (Cnemotriccus fuscatus)
VERMILION FLYCATCHER (Pyrocephalus rubinus)
WHITE-RUMPED MONJITA (Xolmis velatus) – Seen a couple of times in the Pantanal.
BLACK-BACKED WATER-TYRANT (Fluvicola albiventer)
WHITE-HEADED MARSH TYRANT (Arundinicola leucocephala)

Cone-billed Tanager is a great bird! We saw male and female very well on our first morning at Jd da Amazônia area. Great shot by participant John Longstreth.

CATTLE TYRANT (Machetornis rixosa)
RUFOUS-TAILED FLATBILL (Ramphotrigon ruficauda) – A pair of birds very responsive to the tape on Jd da Amazônia trails.
RUFOUS CASIORNIS (Casiornis rufus) – Great looks at Piuval Lodge.
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)
STREAKED FLYCATCHER (Myiodynastes maculatus)
TROPICAL KINGBIRD (Tyrannus melancholicus)
Cotingidae (Cotingas)
AMAZONIAN UMBRELLABIRD (Cephalopterus ornatus) – One of the most spectacular birds in the Neotropics. We had a great experience on the Rio Claro with an adult male flying across the river and displaying for us.
SCREAMING PIHA (Lipaugus vociferans) – The voice of the Amazon!
BARE-NECKED FRUITCROW (Gymnoderus foetidus)
Pipridae (Manakins)
DWARF TYRANT-MANAKIN (Tyranneutes stolzmanni)
HELMETED MANAKIN (Antilophia galeata) – This is not an easy bird to see in the Pantanal. We saw a gorgeous male on our first day at Piuval lodge.
FLAME-CROWNED MANAKIN (Heterocercus linteatus) – A single bird flew over our heads on Jd da Amazônia trail.
BAND-TAILED MANAKIN (Pipra fasciicauda) [*]
FIERY-CAPPED MANAKIN (Machaeropterus pyrocephalus) – Manakins are great! This one is a nice example of the family. The males were very excited this year on Jd da Amazônia area.
RED-HEADED MANAKIN (Ceratopipra rubrocapilla) – A very relaxed male seen in the scope for a few minutes.
WING-BARRED PIPRITES (Piprites chloris) [*]

White Woodpecker was one of the favorite birds for everyone! Photo by participant John Longstreth.

Tityridae (Tityras and Allies)
MASKED TITYRA (Tityra semifasciata)
BROWN-WINGED SCHIFFORNIS (Schiffornis turdina) [*]
WHITE-WINGED BECARD (Pachyramphus polychopterus)
Vireonidae (Vireos, Shrike-Babblers, and Erpornis)
ASHY-HEADED GREENLET (Hylophilus pectoralis)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
PURPLISH JAY (Cyanocorax cyanomelas)
Hirundinidae (Swallows)
WHITE-BANDED SWALLOW (Atticora fasciata) – Common along the rivers.
SOUTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW (Stelgidopteryx ruficollis)
GRAY-BREASTED MARTIN (Progne chalybea)
WHITE-WINGED SWALLOW (Tachycineta albiventer)
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
HOUSE WREN (Troglodytes aedon)
THRUSH-LIKE WREN (Campylorhynchus turdinus unicolor)
MOUSTACHED WREN (Pheugopedius genibarbis)
BUFF-BREASTED WREN (Cantorchilus leucotis)
FAWN-BREASTED WREN (Cantorchilus guarayanus) – Great looks near Porto Jofre.
Polioptilidae (Gnatcatchers)
LONG-BILLED GNATWREN (Ramphocaenus melanurus)
GUIANAN GNATCATCHER (PARA) (Polioptila guianensis paraensis) [*]
MASKED GNATCATCHER (Polioptila dumicola) – Common in the Pantanal.
Donacobiidae (Donacobius)
BLACK-CAPPED DONACOBIUS (Donacobius atricapilla)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
PALE-BREASTED THRUSH (Turdus leucomelas)
HAUXWELL'S THRUSH (Turdus hauxwelli) – Seen a few times during our days at Jd da Amazônia Lodge.
WHITE-NECKED THRUSH (Turdus albicollis)
RUFOUS-BELLIED THRUSH (Turdus rufiventris)
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits)
YELLOWISH PIPIT (Anthus lutescens) – Nice looks by the Transpantaneira road.
Fringillidae (Finches, Euphonias, and Allies)
PURPLE-THROATED EUPHONIA (Euphonia chlorotica)
GOLDEN-BELLIED EUPHONIA (Euphonia chrysopasta)
RUFOUS-BELLIED EUPHONIA (Euphonia rufiventris)
Passerellidae (New World Sparrows)
SAFFRON-BILLED SPARROW (Arremon flavirostris) – A nice looking sparrow seen well in the Pantanal.

This gorgeous male Helmeted Manakin was seen in the Pantanal. Photo by participant John Longstreth.

Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
CRESTED OROPENDOLA (Psarocolius decumanus)
SOLITARY BLACK CACIQUE (Cacicus solitarius)
EPAULET ORIOLE (Icterus cayanensis)
VARIABLE ORIOLE (Icterus pyrrhopterus)
ORANGE-BACKED TROUPIAL (Icterus croconotus) – A stunning orange and black bird.
SHINY COWBIRD (Molothrus bonariensis)
GIANT COWBIRD (Molothrus oryzivorus)
SCARLET-HEADED BLACKBIRD (Amblyramphus holosericeus) – Great bird! We found a gorgeous bird on the way back from Porto Jofre.
UNICOLORED BLACKBIRD (Agelasticus cyanopus)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
TROPICAL PARULA (Setophaga pitiayumi)
GOLDEN-CROWNED WARBLER (Basileuterus culicivorus)
FLAVESCENT WARBLER (Myiothlypis flaveola)
Thraupidae (Tanagers and Allies)
YELLOW-BILLED CARDINAL (Paroaria capitata)
CONE-BILLED TANAGER (Conothraupis mesoleuca) – Maybe the main target for the Amazonian part of the tour. This bird lives in a special habitat, only found in a few areas. We had outstanding looks at both male and female.
ORANGE-HEADED TANAGER (Thlypopsis sordida) – Another hard bird to get in the Pantanal seen well on this tour.
FLAME-CRESTED TANAGER (Tachyphonus cristatus)
WHITE-LINED TANAGER (Tachyphonus rufus)
SILVER-BEAKED TANAGER (Ramphocelus carbo)
BLUE-GRAY TANAGER (Thraupis episcopus)
SAYACA TANAGER (Thraupis sayaca) – This bird replaces Blue-gray Tanager outside of the Amazon basin.
PALM TANAGER (Thraupis palmarum)
DOTTED TANAGER (Ixothraupis varia) [*]
BLUE-NECKED TANAGER (Tangara cyanicollis) – Gorgeous little bird seen nicely on Jatobá trail.
TURQUOISE TANAGER (Tangara mexicana)
PARADISE TANAGER (Tangara chilensis) [*]
SWALLOW TANAGER (Tersina viridis) – Many individuals seen at Jd da Amazônia area.
BLACK-FACED DACNIS (Dacnis lineata)
BLUE DACNIS (Dacnis cayana)
CHESTNUT-VENTED CONEBILL (Conirostrum speciosum)
SAFFRON FINCH (Sicalis flaveola)
WHITE-BELLIED SEEDEATER (Sporophila leucoptera)
RUSTY-COLLARED SEEDEATER (Sporophila collaris) – A few nice looks in the Pantanal.
RED-CRESTED FINCH (Coryphospingus cucullatus)
BANANAQUIT (Coereba flaveola)

Participant John Longstreth captured this female Black-throated Mango coming to feed two young.

GRAYISH SALTATOR (Saltator coerulescens)
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)
HOUSE SPARROW (Passer domesticus)

LONG-NOSED BAT (Rhynchonycteris naso)
GREATER BULLDOG BAT (Noctilio leporinus)
LESSER BULLDOG BAT (Noctilio albiventris)
BLACK-TAILED MARMOSET (Callithrix (Mico) melanura) – Fantastic looks in the Pantanal.

This female was the first Jaguar we saw on the tour. I'm sure that was very special! Photo by participant John Longstreth.

BLACK HOWLER MONKEY (Alouatta caraya) – A family seen nicely during a boat trip along the Cuiabá river.
WHITE-FRONTED CAPUCHIN (Cebus albifrons) – Great looks during a boat trip along the Rio Claro, in a cold morning in the Pantanal.
BROWN CAPUCHIN (Cebus apella) – Common near to our rooms at Jd da Amazônia Lodge.
WHITE-BELLIED SPIDER MONKEY (Ateles belzebuth) [*]
GUINEA PIG (Cavia aperea)
CAPYBARA (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris) – The largest rodent in the world!
RED-RUMPED AGOUTI (Dasyprocta agouti)
CRAB-EATING FOX (Cerdocyon thous)
SOUTH AMERICAN COATI (Nasua nasua) – A brief look near Rio Claro lodge.
NEOTROPICAL OTTER (Lontra longicaudis) – A single one swimming on the Cuiabá river.
GIANT OTTER (Pteronura brasiliensis)
JAGUAR (Panthera onca) – A greatest star of the Pantanal! We saw four different individuals on our first day along Cuiabá and Três Irmãos rivers.
MARSH DEER (Blastocerus dichotomus) – The largest deer in Brazil!
RED BROCKET DEER (Mazama americana)
GREEN IGUANA (Iguana iguana)
GIANT AMEIVA (Ameiva ameiva)

Participant Becky Hansen captured this stunning image of a swimming Jaguar on the Cuiabá river.



Totals for the tour: 312 bird taxa and 18 mammal taxa