ENDEMICS OF THE ATLANTIC RAINFOREST
From the mountains of Itatiaia National Park to Ubatuba’s lowland forests on the coast, this tour offers colorful birds, endemic rarities and breathtaking landscapes in a major biodiversity hotspot. Located in the heart of a vast mountain range, Itatiaia National Park is the first Brazilian national park and one of the most famous birding spots in the Brazilian Atlantic Rain Forest. Here we have an altitudinal gradient of over 1000 meters, which provides a greater variety of bird species.
Some of the highlights here are the colorful tanagers, such as Green-headed, Gilt-edged and Burnished-buff Tanager. The park is also home for Spot-winged Wood-Quail, Red-breasted Toucan, Giant Antshrike, White-bearded Antshrike, Black-legged Dacnis, Squamate Antbird, Buffy-fronted Seedeater and Temminck’s Seedeaters, as well as myriads of Antbirds, Woodcreepers, Foliage-gleaners, Flycatchers and Tyranulets, just to name a few groups.
Down to sea level, Ubatuba is one of the most beautiful coastal areas in Brazil, where the remaining Atlantic Rain Forest covers the land from the mountain-tops down to sea level. Here we can get up to ten species of hummingbirds, including Saw-billed Hermit, Festive Coquete White-chinned Safire and Swallow-tailed Hummingbird. Green-headed Tanager, Green Honeycreeper, Violaceous Euphonia and Brazilian Tanager regularly come to the feeders.
Walking the trails in the region will give us opportunities for Black-cheeked Gnateater, Scaled Antbird, Rufous-capped Antthrush, Channel-billed Toucan, Fork-tailed Tody-flycatcher, Red-necked Tanager, Spotted Bamboowren, Long-billed Wren, Spot-breasted Antvireo, Slaty Bristlefront, Blond-crested Woodpecker and White-tailed Trogon.