A Field Guides Birding Tours Report

Jaguar Spotting: Pantanal & Garden of the Amazon II 2023

July 22-August 2, 2023 with Marcelo Barreiros guiding

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The greatest star of the tour! One of the SEVEN Jaguars seen on that day. Photo by participant Nancy Buck.

Another fantastic tour to two amazing biomes, the Pantanal, largest wetland in the world, and the majestic Amazon forest. The Jaguar Spotting tour goes to the fantastic Jardins da Amazônia lodge (JDA), right at the southern edge of the Amazon forest, in an ecotone which where two biomes are represented by flora and fauna, in this case, Amazon forest and Cerrado.

The Amazonian part of the tour was great (as usual!!). We spent 5 days birding along the Rio Claro and the trails of JDA looking for birds like the rare Cone-billed Tanager, which was seen very well on the first morning, during a boat trip. We also saw the spectacular Amazonian Umbrellabird, Pied Puffbird building a nest, and flocks of tanagers like Paradise, Black-necked, Bay-headed and Turquoise. We also were lucky to have a blooming tree in front of the main building and some hummers like Black-throated Mango, Long-billed and Blue-tufted starthroats and White-chinned Sapphire coming to visit. Not too far from there, early in the morning, we had a show with a group of Orange-cheeked Parrots coming down to eat the bark of a cashew tree, and on the Moriche Palm trees, we saw Sulphury Flycatcher, Fork-tailed Palm-swift, Red-bellied Macaw and the gorgeous Point-tailed Palmcreeper.

Along the trails, more great birds like Fiery-capped and Red-headed manakins, Gould's Toucanet, White-browed Purpletuft, Tooth-billed Wren, Rondonia Woodcreeper, a fantastic Rufous-capped Nunlet, Western Fire-Eye, Long-billed Woodcreeper, Black-girdled Barbet, Brown Jacamar, Red-necked Woodpecker and more. We found a fruiting tree and great birds coming to eat the berries like Bare-necked Fruitcrow, Lettered and Red-necked aracaris, Black-girdled Barbet, Masked Tityra and a few tanagers.

From Jardins da Amazônia , we drove to the fantastic Pantanal, land of the Hyacinth Macaw, Jabiru, thousands of egrets, the magnificent Jaguar and more. Before arrive at Aymara Lodge, we made a nice stop at Piuval Lodge where we saw our first Hyacinth Macaw, lots of Nacunda Nighthawks, Jabiru, Southern Screamer and more great birds. At Aymara, we could enjoy a trail in the forest which is not common in the Pantanal. This is a great place to see birds like Pale-crested Woodpecker, Planalto Slaty-antshrike, Plain Antvireo, Amazonian Motmot, the amazing Great Rufous Woodcreeper, and Red-billed Scythebill. The lodge also has a pair of Hyacinth Macaws breeding in a tree right in front of our cabins. After that, it was the time to look for the big spotted cats along the Cuiabá river, by the end of Transpantaneira road.

During our first (chilly) morning in the river, we saw SEVEN different individuals, including a pair of cats seen mating for over one hour. It was an unbelievable experience to see, and hear, those animals behaving like that. Meanwhile we had time to look for new birds for us like Boat-billed Heron, Red-billed Scythebill, Campo Troupial and Gilded Hummingbird. On the following day we went back to the river to enjoy more jaguars and birds along the river and after another nice day, we made our way back towards the east, with a great stop at Campos do Jofre to see the tiny Subtropical Doradito, great looks at Rusty-collard Seedeater, the stunning Scarlet-headed Blackbird and many more great looks at the water birds.

We still had time to enjoy our last place, Rio Claro Lodge, and its nice entrance road. In the evening we went out to see Scissor-tailed Nightjar, Common Potoo and Tropical Screech-Owl and during our last morning of birding, we saw a few new species for us like Rusty-backed Antwren, Barred Antshrike.

Thank you for the great tour guys!!

I dedicate this tour to our great friend Tom Johnson! Thank you for all buddy!!

Marcelo Barreiros

—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! The largest bird in Brazil.

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It might be something good up there! Photo by participant Nancy Buck.
Tinamidae (Tinamous)

GRAY TINAMOU (Tinamus tao)

LITTLE TINAMOU (Crypturellus soui)

UNDULATED TINAMOU (Crypturellus undulatus)

Seen walking across the road at JDA lodge.

BRAZILIAN TINAMOU (Crypturellus strigulosus) [E*]

SMALL-BILLED TINAMOU (Crypturellus parvirostris) [*]

RED-WINGED TINAMOU (Rhynchotus rufescens)

Seen from the van at JDA lodge.

Anhimidae (Screamers)

SOUTHERN SCREAMER (Chauna torquata)

Great looks in the Pantanal.

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)

WHITE-FACED WHISTLING-DUCK (Dendrocygna viduata)

BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK (Dendrocygna autumnalis)

MUSCOVY DUCK (Cairina moschata)

BRAZILIAN TEAL (Amazonetta brasiliensis)

Cracidae (Guans, Chachalacas, and Curassows)

CHACO CHACHALACA (Ortalis canicollis)

Our alarm clock in the Pantanal!


Fantastic looks near to the fish farm at JDA.

SPIX'S GUAN (Penelope jacquacu)

CHESTNUT-BELLIED GUAN (Penelope ochrogaster)


Nice looks in the Pantanal. At this time of the year the birds enjoy the fresh pink flowers of the Piúva trees


Seen along the Rio Claro at JDA lodge.

BARE-FACED CURASSOW (Crax fasciolata)

A gorgeous male Rusty-collared Seedeater seen along the Transpantaneira road. Video by guide Marcelo Barreiros.
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)

ROCK PIGEON (Columba livia)

SCALED PIGEON (Patagioenas speciosa)

Great scope studies along the JDA trails.

PICAZURO PIGEON (Patagioenas picazuro)

RUDDY PIGEON (Patagioenas subvinacea)

RUDDY GROUND DOVE (Columbina talpacoti)

SCALED DOVE (Columbina squammata)

PICUI GROUND DOVE (Columbina picui)

BLUE GROUND DOVE (Claravis pretiosa)

WHITE-TIPPED DOVE (Leptotila verreauxi)

Cuculidae (Cuckoos)

GUIRA CUCKOO (Guira guira)

SMOOTH-BILLED ANI (Crotophaga ani)

STRIPED CUCKOO (Tapera naevia)

A single bird seen from the boat along the Cuiabá river.

SQUIRREL CUCKOO (Piaya cayana)

Caprimulgidae (Nightjars and Allies)

SHORT-TAILED NIGHTHAWK (Lurocalis semitorquatus)

Seen at dark at JDA.

BLACKISH NIGHTJAR (Nyctipolus nigrescens)

COMMON PAURAQUE (Nyctidromus albicollis)

LITTLE NIGHTJAR (Setopagis parvula)

Great looks at the JDA entrance road.

SCISSOR-TAILED NIGHTJAR (Hydropsalis torquata)

Both male and female seen at Rio Claro lodge entrance road.

OCELLATED POORWILL (Nyctiphrynus ocellatus) [*]

Nyctibiidae (Potoos)

GREAT POTOO (Nyctibius grandis)

Thanks to our boat pilot Allan, we saw this bird in the day time in Porto Jofre.

COMMON POTOO (Nyctibius griseus)

Nice looks during our last evening in the Pantanal.

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Nice male Pale-crested Woodpecker photographed in the Pantanal by participant Nancy Buck.
Apodidae (Swifts)

GRAY-RUMPED SWIFT (Chaetura cinereiventris)

SHORT-TAILED SWIFT (Chaetura brachyura)

FORK-TAILED PALM SWIFT (Tachornis squamata)

Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)

REDDISH HERMIT (Phaethornis ruber)

BLACK-THROATED MANGO (Anthracothorax nigricollis)

We were lucky to have a gorgeous tree blooming right in front the main building at JDA lodge with many hummers species, including this one, visiting it.

LONG-BILLED STARTHROAT (Heliomaster longirostris)

A female seen at JDA.

BLUE-TUFTED STARTHROAT (Heliomaster furcifer)

Our local guide at JDA, Jonathan, found us a male perched by the entrance road.

GRAY-BREASTED SABREWING (Campylopterus largipennis)

FORK-TAILED WOODNYMPH (Thalurania furcata)


GILDED HUMMINGBIRD (Hylocharis chrysura)

Nice looks in the Pantanal.

WHITE-CHINNED SAPPHIRE (Chlorestes cyanus)

Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)

ASH-THROATED CRAKE (Mustelirallus albicollis)

GRAY-COWLED WOOD-RAIL (Aramides cajaneus)

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)

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Nice Pied Plover by participant Nancy Buck.
Jacanidae (Jacanas)

WATTLED JACANA (Jacana jacana)

Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)

PANTANAL SNIPE (Gallinago paraguaiae)

Nancy and Carol found this bird foraging in the field at Porto Jofre hotel. Good job guys!!

Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)

YELLOW-BILLED TERN (Sternula superciliaris)

LARGE-BILLED TERN (Phaetusa simplex)

BLACK SKIMMER (Rynchops niger)

Ciconiidae (Storks)

MAGUARI STORK (Ciconia maguari)

JABIRU (Jabiru mycteria)

WOOD STORK (Mycteria americana)

Anhingidae (Anhingas)

ANHINGA (Anhinga anhinga)

Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)

NEOTROPIC CORMORANT (Nannopterum brasilianum)

Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)

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)

CAPPED HERON (Pilherodius pileatus)

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON (Nycticorax nycticorax)

BOAT-BILLED HERON (Cochlearius cochlearius)

Another great moment in the Pantanal. A group of birds, including this Amazonian Motmot were eating some insects. Video by guide Marcelo Barreiros.
Threskiornithidae (Ibises and Spoonbills)

GREEN IBIS (Mesembrinibis cayennensis)

BARE-FACED IBIS (Phimosus infuscatus)

PLUMBEOUS IBIS (Theristicus caerulescens)

Common in the Pantanal.

BUFF-NECKED IBIS (Theristicus caudatus)

ROSEATE SPOONBILL (Platalea ajaja)

Cathartidae (New World Vultures)

BLACK VULTURE (Coragyps atratus)

TURKEY VULTURE (Cathartes aura)

LESSER YELLOW-HEADED VULTURE (Cathartes burrovianus)


Great looks along the Rio Claro at JDA.

Pandionidae (Osprey)

OSPREY (Pandion haliaetus)

Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)

SWALLOW-TAILED KITE (Elanoides forficatus)

BLACK-COLLARED HAWK (Busarellus nigricollis)

SNAIL KITE (Rostrhamus sociabilis)

CRANE HAWK (BANDED) (Geranospiza caerulescens gracilis)

SAVANNA HAWK (Buteogallus meridionalis)

GREAT BLACK HAWK (Buteogallus urubitinga)

ROADSIDE HAWK (Rupornis magnirostris)

Strigidae (Owls)

TROPICAL SCREECH-OWL (Megascops choliba)

On our last evening at Rio Claro lodge we went out looking for owls and found one of these birds with a snake in its feet.

GREAT HORNED OWL (Bubo virginianus)

FERRUGINOUS PYGMY-OWL (Glaucidium brasilianum)

BURROWING OWL (Athene cunicularia)

Trogonidae (Trogons)

GREEN-BACKED TROGON (Trogon viridis)

Momotidae (Motmots)

AMAZONIAN MOTMOT (Momotus momota)

We found a few birds chasing insects along the loop trail at Aymara Lodge and one of these gorgeous Motmots was with them.

Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)

RINGED KINGFISHER (Megaceryle torquata)

AMAZON KINGFISHER (Chloroceryle amazona)


GREEN KINGFISHER (Chloroceryle americana)


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Participant Nancy Buck captured this beautiful male Great Antshrike.
Bucconidae (Puffbirds)

PIED PUFFBIRD (Notharchus tectus)

It was very lucky to find a pair of birds building a nest in a termite nest near to the rooms at JDA.

RUFOUS-CAPPED NUNLET (Nonnula ruficapilla)

Great surprise at JDA. We heard a Nunlet making some calls and after a few playback notes, a bird came in from the woods and landed right in front of us.

BLACK-FRONTED NUNBIRD (Monasa nigrifrons)

SWALLOW-WINGED PUFFBIRD (Chelidoptera tenebrosa)

Galbulidae (Jacamars)

BROWN JACAMAR (Brachygalba lugubris melanosterna)

Fantastic looks near to the rooms at JDA

RUFOUS-TAILED JACAMAR (Galbula ruficauda)

BRONZY JACAMAR (Galbula leucogastra)

Capitonidae (New World Barbets)


Gorgeous bird, both male and females were seen well along the JDA trails.

Ramphastidae (Toucans)

LETTERED ARACARI (Pteroglossus inscriptus)

CHESTNUT-EARED ARACARI (Pteroglossus castanotis)

Nice looks at JDA.

RED-NECKED ARACARI (Pteroglossus bitorquatus)

Seen coming to visit a fruiting tree with some other birds.

GOULD'S TOUCANET (Selenidera gouldii)

A key bird for the tour seen briefly along the trails at JDA.

TOCO TOUCAN (Ramphastos toco)

WHITE-THROATED TOUCAN (CUVIER'S) (Ramphastos tucanus cuvieri)

Seen along the Rio Claro.

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The rarely seen Subtropical Doradito was seen really well along the Transpantaneira road. Photo by participant Nancy Buck.
Picidae (Woodpeckers)

BAR-BREASTED PICULET (Picumnus aurifrons)

YELLOW-TUFTED WOODPECKER (Melanerpes cruentatus)

LITTLE WOODPECKER (Dryobates passerinus)

RED-STAINED WOODPECKER (Dryobates affinis)

RED-NECKED WOODPECKER (Campephilus rubricollis)

The largest woodpecker in the Amazon.

CRIMSON-CRESTED WOODPECKER (Campephilus melanoleucos)

Fantastic looks in the Pantanal.

LINEATED WOODPECKER (Dryocopus lineatus)

RINGED WOODPECKER (Celeus torquatus)



Another very wanted one in the Pantanal seen well along the trails at Aymara Lodge.

GOLDEN-GREEN WOODPECKER (Piculus chrysochloros)

CAMPO FLICKER (Colaptes campestris)

Cariamidae (Seriemas)

RED-LEGGED SERIEMA (Cariama cristata)

A pair of birds seen on the way back to Cuiabá after great days in JDA lodge.

Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)

LAUGHING FALCON (Herpetotheres cachinnans)

CRYPTIC FOREST-FALCON (Micrastur mintoni)

A bird flew over our heads on the loop trails at JDA. That was the only look we had.

CRESTED CARACARA (SOUTHERN) (Caracara plancus plancus)

BAT FALCON (Falco rufigularis)

Two birds seen along the Rio Claro.

Psittacidae (New World and African Parrots)


MONK PARAKEET (Myiopsitta monachus)


ORANGE-CHEEKED PARROT (Pyrilia barrabandi)

One of the best views ever. The birds come almost every morning to scratch the cashew tree bark by the rooms at JDA.

BLUE-HEADED PARROT (Pionus menstruus)

YELLOW-CROWNED PARROT (Amazona ochrocephala)


ORANGE-WINGED PARROT (Amazona amazonica)

SANTAREM PARAKEET (MADEIRA) (Pyrrhura amazonum snethlageae)

HYACINTH MACAW (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus)

One of the most iconic birds in the Pantanal, almost extinct in the past, now we have good numbers of birds flying all over the Pantanal.

Hyacinth Macaw - One of the most iconic birds in Brazil. Video by guide Marcelo Barreiros.


RED-BELLIED MACAW (Orthopsittaca manilatus)


One of the most beautiful things on the tour is to contemplate the macaws coming to roost right before dusk at JDA lodge.

BLUE-CROWNED PARAKEET (Thectocercus acuticaudatus)

RED-SHOULDERED MACAW (Diopsittaca nobilis)

Thamnophilidae (Typical Antbirds)

GREAT ANTSHRIKE (Taraba major)

GLOSSY ANTSHRIKE (Sakesphorus luctuosus) [*]

BARRED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus doliatus)

Nice looks on our last morning in the Pantanal.

NATTERER'S SLATY-ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus stictocephalus)

Male and female seen at JDA.

PLANALTO SLATY-ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus pelzelni)

AMAZONIAN ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus amazonicus)

Male and female seen at JDA.

PLAIN ANTVIREO (Dysithamnus mentalis)

SCLATER'S ANTWREN (Myrmotherula sclateri)

A canopy inhabitant seen along the JDA trails.

WHITE-FLANKED ANTWREN (Myrmotherula axillaris)

RUSTY-WINGED ANTWREN (Herpsilochmus frater)

DOT-WINGED ANTWREN (Microrhopias quixensis)

RUSTY-BACKED ANTWREN (Formicivora rufa)

MATO GROSSO ANTBIRD (Cercomacra melanaria)

A great Pantanal endemic seen nicely.

EAST AMAZONIAN FIRE-EYE (Pyriglena leuconota)

Brief looks along the JDA trails.

BLACK-FACED ANTBIRD (Myrmoborus myotherinus ochrolaemus)

SILVERED ANTBIRD (Sclateria naevia argentata)

A female seen near to the fish farm at JDA.

CHESTNUT-TAILED ANTBIRD (PALLENS) (Sciaphylax hemimelaena pallens) [*]

COMMON SCALE-BACKED ANTBIRD (Willisornis poecilinotus) [*]

Furnariidae (Ovenbirds and Woodcreepers)

OLIVACEOUS WOODCREEPER (Sittasomus griseicapillus)

LONG-BILLED WOODCREEPER (Nasica longirostris)

Great looks by the Rio Claro at JDA.

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There he is!! The male Cone-billed Tanager. This rare bird is only found in a few spots in the country. Great picture by participant Narcy Buck.

GREAT RUFOUS WOODCREEPER (Xiphocolaptes major)

An old friend from the Aymara lodge grounds.

ELEGANT WOODCREEPER (Xiphorhynchus elegans)

BUFF-THROATED WOODCREEPER (LAFRESNAYE'S) (Xiphorhynchus guttatus dorbignyanus)

BUFF-THROATED WOODCREEPER (DUSKY-BILLED) (Xiphorhynchus guttatus eytoni)


RED-BILLED SCYTHEBILL (Campylorhamphus trochilirostris)

Seen once, during a boat trip along the Cuiabá river.

NARROW-BILLED WOODCREEPER (Lepidocolaptes angustirostris)

DUSKY-CAPPED WOODCREEPER (Lepidocolaptes fuscicapillus)

STREAKED XENOPS (Xenops rutilans)


The Moriche Palm trees at JDA lodge are great for this bird.

PALE-LEGGED HORNERO (Furnarius leucopus)

RUFOUS HORNERO (Furnarius rufus)

RUFOUS-FRONTED THORNBIRD (Phacellodomus rufifrons)

GREATER THORNBIRD (Phacellodomus ruber)

Nice looks in the Pantanal.

RUSTY-BACKED SPINETAIL (Cranioleuca vulpina)

RUFOUS CACHOLOTE (Pseudoseisura unirufa)

YELLOW-CHINNED SPINETAIL (Certhiaxis cinnamomeus)

CHOTOY SPINETAIL (Schoeniophylax phryganophilus)

Seen well during a boat trip in the Pantanal.

WHITE-LORED SPINETAIL (Synallaxis albilora)

Another Pantanal specialty seen well.


Pipridae (Manakins)

DWARF TYRANT-MANAKIN (Tyranneutes stolzmanni)

HELMETED MANAKIN (Antilophia galeata)

Only females seen this year.

FLAME-CROWNED MANAKIN (Heterocercus linteatus) [*]

FIERY-CAPPED MANAKIN (Machaeropterus pyrocephalus)

One of the most beautiful manakins in Brazil.

RED-HEADED MANAKIN (Ceratopipra rubrocapilla)

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Amazing animal! The Brazilian Porcupine is hard to see during the day. Nice photo by participant Nancy Buck.
Cotingidae (Cotingas)

AMAZONIAN UMBRELLABIRD (Cephalopterus ornatus)

One of the biggest stars of JDA lodge. A male was seen perched for a few minutes along the Rio Claro.

SCREAMING PIHA (Lipaugus vociferans) [*]

BARE-NECKED FRUITCROW (Gymnoderus foetidus)

Fantastic looks of 3 birds visiting a fruiting tree at JDA.

Tityridae (Tityras and Allies)

BLACK-CROWNED TITYRA (Tityra inquisitor)

MASKED TITYRA (Tityra semifasciata)

WHITE-BROWED PURPLETUFT (Iodopleura isabellae)

Two birds seen in the scope at JDA.

Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)

WING-BARRED PIPRITES (Piprites chloris)

SOUTHERN ANTPIPIT (Corythopis delalandi)

Nice scope looks along the JDA trails.

SHORT-TAILED PYGMY-TYRANT (Myiornis ecaudatus)

The smallest passerine in the world!!

STRIPE-NECKED TODY-TYRANT (Hemitriccus striaticollis)

PEARLY-VENTED TODY-TYRANT (Hemitriccus margaritaceiventer)

ZIMMER'S TODY-TYRANT (Hemitriccus minimus)

RUSTY-FRONTED TODY-FLYCATCHER (Poecilotriccus latirostris)

Great looks in the Pantanal.

COMMON TODY-FLYCATCHER (Todirostrum cinereum)

GRAY-CROWNED FLYCATCHER (Tolmomyias poliocephalus)



SUBTROPICAL DORADITO (Pseudocolopteryx acutipennis)

Seen well a couple of times at Campos do Jofre area.

FOREST ELAENIA (Myiopagis gaimardii)

PLAIN TYRANNULET (Inezia inornata)

FUSCOUS FLYCATCHER (Cnemotriccus fuscatus)

VERMILION FLYCATCHER (Pyrocephalus rubinus)

YELLOW-BROWED TYRANT (Satrapa icterophrys)

Seen once in the Pantanal.


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One of my favorite birds in South America! We saw this male Amazonian Umbrellabird displaying for several minutes during a boat trip on the rio Claro. Photo by participant Nancy Buck.

WHITE-HEADED MARSH TYRANT (Arundinicola leucocephala)

BLACK-BACKED WATER-TYRANT (Fluvicola albiventer)

RUFOUS CASIORNIS (Casiornis rufus)

A single bird seen along the Aymara loop trail.

GRAYISH MOURNER (Rhytipterna simplex)


BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHER (Myiarchus tyrannulus)

CATTLE TYRANT (Machetornis rixosa)

LESSER KISKADEE (Philohydor lictor)

GREAT KISKADEE (Pitangus sulphuratus)

BOAT-BILLED FLYCATCHER (Megarynchus pitangua)

RUSTY-MARGINED FLYCATCHER (Myiozetetes cayanensis)

SULPHURY FLYCATCHER (Tyrannopsis sulphurea)

Another bird only found in areas with Moriche Palm trees.

TROPICAL KINGBIRD (Tyrannus melancholicus)

Vireonidae (Vireos, Shrike-Babblers, and Erpornis)

ASHY-HEADED GREENLET (Hylophilus pectoralis) [*]

GRAY-CHESTED GREENLET (Hylophilus semicinereus)

Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)

PURPLISH JAY (Cyanocorax cyanomelas)

Nice looks along the Pantanal.

Donacobiidae (Donacobius)

BLACK-CAPPED DONACOBIUS (Donacobius atricapilla)

Hirundinidae (Swallows)

WHITE-BANDED SWALLOW (Atticora fasciata)

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After seeing the gorgeous Blue-and-yellow Macaws coming to roost, we enjoyed some drinks and this unbelivable sunset. Photo by guide Marcelo Barreiros.

SOUTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW (Stelgidopteryx ruficollis)

GRAY-BREASTED MARTIN (Progne chalybea)

WHITE-WINGED SWALLOW (Tachycineta albiventer)

Polioptilidae (Gnatcatchers)

LONG-BILLED GNATWREN (Ramphocaenus melanurus)

CHATTERING GNATWREN (Ramphocaenus sticturus)

Nice looks along the JDA trails.

MASKED GNATCATCHER (Polioptila dumicola)

Troglodytidae (Wrens)

TOOTH-BILLED WREN (Odontorchilus cinereus)

Seen in the scope moving in the canopy at JDA.

THRUSH-LIKE WREN (UNSPOTTED) (Campylorhynchus turdinus unicolor)

BUFF-BREASTED WREN (Cantorchilus leucotis)

FAWN-BREASTED WREN (Cantorchilus guarayanus)

Nice looks at Porto Jofre, end of the Transpantaneira road.

Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)

HAUXWELL'S THRUSH (Turdus hauxwelli) [*]

RUFOUS-BELLIED THRUSH (Turdus rufiventris)

Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)

HOUSE SPARROW (Passer domesticus)

The group enjoying the first (first of SEVEN!!) Jaguar along the Cuiabá river. Video by guide Marcelo Barreiros
Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits)

YELLOWISH PIPIT (Anthus lutescens)

Fringillidae (Finches, Euphonias, and Allies)

PURPLE-THROATED EUPHONIA (Euphonia chlorotica)

THICK-BILLED EUPHONIA (Euphonia laniirostris)

Seen twice in the Pantanal.

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)

SHINY COWBIRD (Molothrus bonariensis)

GIANT COWBIRD (Molothrus oryzivorus)

SCARLET-HEADED BLACKBIRD (Amblyramphus holosericeus)

Fantastic bird and great looks along the Campos do Jofre area. One of the most beautiful areas in the northern Pantanal. Those shining orange birds make a great contrast with the reeds.

CHOPI BLACKBIRD (Gnorimopsar chopi)

GRAYISH BAYWING (Agelaioides badius)

UNICOLORED BLACKBIRD (Agelasticus cyanopus)

Parulidae (New World Warblers)

MASKED YELLOWTHROAT (Geothlypis aequinoctialis)

GOLDEN-CROWNED WARBLER (WHITE-BELLIED) (Basileuterus culicivorus hypoleucus)

FLAVESCENT WARBLER (Myiothlypis flaveola)

Thraupidae (Tanagers and Allies)

RED-CRESTED CARDINAL (Paroaria coronata)

YELLOW-BILLED CARDINAL (Paroaria capitata)

CONE-BILLED TANAGER (Conothraupis mesoleuca)

Maybe the biggest star for this tour (with the Jaguars, of course!!), there are a few spots in Brazil to see this bird and Jardins das Amazônia is probably the best one. We saw both male and female right close to our boat.

HOODED TANAGER (Nemosia pileata)

GRAY-HEADED TANAGER (Eucometis penicillata)

SILVER-BEAKED TANAGER (Ramphocelus carbo)

BLUE-GRAY TANAGER (Thraupis episcopus)

SAYACA TANAGER (Thraupis sayaca)

This one replaces Blue-gray Tanager out of the Amazon forest.

PALM TANAGER (Thraupis palmarum)

BLUE-NECKED TANAGER (Stilpnia cyanicollis)

TURQUOISE TANAGER (Tangara mexicana)

PARADISE TANAGER (Tangara chilensis)

Fantastic bird seen well at JDA.

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The largest rodent in the world, the Capybara! Photo by participant Nancy Buck.

BAY-HEADED TANAGER (Tangara gyrola)

SWALLOW TANAGER (Tersina viridis)

BLACK-FACED DACNIS (Dacnis lineata)

BLUE DACNIS (Dacnis cayana)

YELLOW-BACKED TANAGER (Hemithraupis flavicollis)

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)

DOUBLE-COLLARED SEEDEATER (Sporophila caerulescens)

RUSTY-COLLARED SEEDEATER (Sporophila collaris)

Fantastic looks in the Pantanal.

RED-CRESTED FINCH (Coryphospingus cucullatus)

BANANAQUIT (Coereba flaveola)

BUFF-THROATED SALTATOR (Saltator maximus) [*]

GREEN-WINGED SALTATOR (Saltator similis)


LONG-NOSED BAT (Rhynchonycteris naso)

DUSKY TITI MONKEY (Callicebus moloch)

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It's time to say goodby to the Pantanal! Thank you guys, and thank you Pantanal, for the great week. Photo by guide Marcelo Barreiros.

BLACK HOWLER MONKEY (Alouatta caraya)

Nice looks in the Pantanal.

BROWN CAPUCHIN (Cebus apella)

WHITE-BELLIED SPIDER MONKEY (Ateles belzebuth chamek)

A single one seen along the Rio Claro at JDA.

BRAZILIAN PORCUPINE (Coendou prehensilis)

It's always great to see this elusive animal. We saw it thanks to some other boat pilots in the Pantanal.

CAPYBARA (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)

AZARA'S AGOUTI (Dasyprocta azarae)

CRAB-EATING FOX (Cerdocyon thous)

GIANT OTTER (Pteronura brasiliensis)

Seen twice in the Pantanal.

JAGUAR (Panthera onca)

The most wanted one! There's no words to describe the feeling of seen those cats like that. We saw Jaguar eating grass, swimming, mating (heard and seen!!), hunting, sleeping, etc etc etc. There's no better place than northern Pantanal to enjoy it.

BRAZILIAN TAPIR (Tapirus terrestris)

It was a great moment along the JDA trails. An adult Tapir was walking towards the group and turned back after noticing us on the trails as well.

MARSH DEER (Blastocerus dichotomus)


GREEN IGUANA (Iguana iguana)

GOLDEN TEGU (Tupinambis teguixin)

YELLOW ANACONDA (Eunectes notaeus)

Our boat pilot knew exactly where to find it on the river bank. Later on the tour, we saw another gorgeous one moving across the Transpantaneira road.


CANE TOAD (Rhinella marina)

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Nice Yellow Anaconda seen along the Transpantaneira road. Photo by participant Nancy Buck.


Another records:

Brazilian Water False Cobra (Hydrodynastes gigas)

Totals for the tour: 300 bird taxa and 13 mammal taxa