NE Brazil 10 days – states of Ceara, Bahia, Alagoas and Pernambuco


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Tour Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive in Fortaleza – transfer to Icapuí (200 Km) 10 dias

Day 02: Icapuí, transfer to Guaramiranga / Serra de Baturité (230 Km)

Day 03: Serra de Baturité, transfer to Quixadá (110 Km)

Day 04: Quixadá, transfer to Potengi / Chapada do Araripe (500 Km)

Day 05: Chapada do Araripe

Day 06: Chapada do Araripe, transfer to Canudos / Lear’s Macaw Reserve (360 Km)

Day 07: Canudo, transfer to União dos Palmares / Murici Ecological Station (460 Km)

Day 08: Murici Ecologycal Station

Day 09: Bird at Frei Caneca Reserve (90 Km), night in Tamandaré (100 Km)

Day 10: Tamandaré, transfer to Recife International Airport (110 Km)

Tour details:

Day 01 : Arrive in Fortaleza airport – transfer to Icapui ( 200 km) in the eastern coast of the state of Ceará, where the main target will be Little-Wood Rail. The place is also good for migrant shorebirds from September to February.
Day 02: Transfer to Serra de Baturité (230 Km). This mountain range lies at 800 m, c.110km south of Fortaleza. The humid forested mountain slopes grade into deciduous forest then xeric caatinga in lower areas. Some of the key birds: Gray-breasted Parakeet, Buff-breasted Tody-Tyrant, Gray-headed Spinetail, Slender-footed Tyrannulet, Ceara Gnateater, Rufous-breasted (Ceara) Leaftosser, Lesser (Northern) Woodcreeper among others. Night in Guaramiranga.

Day 03: Bird Baturite area AM. PM transfer to Quixada (110 Km). One and a half hour drive from Serra de Baturité, Quixadá is characterized by inselbergs or monolitos (strange rock formations that resemble icebergs). At this usually hot and dry site, the target bird is Pygmy Nightjar, which roosts and breeds among the rocks, cacti and terrestrial bromeliads. We will stay on Hotel Pedra dos Ventos, which has very good accommodation and the birds are on the hotel’s garden. We also will start with the “Caatinga Endemics” such as Cactus Parakeet, Caatinga Cachalote, White-napped Jay, Ochre-backed Woodpecker, Ochraceus Piculet (among others) and with luck, the rare White-browed Guan.

Day 04: Early morning birding Quixada and transfer to Chapada do Araripe (500 Km – long drive). This is a plateau in the south of the state of Ceará. The region is rich in birds due the diversity of the habitats, the vegetation in the top of the plateau is a mixed of moist forest near the slopes, cerrado and caatinga. There are several springs along the foothills, with moist forest that is the only habitat for the amazing Araripe Manakin. In the dry vegetation of the top of the plateau we will also find many endemics such as Great Xenops, Silvery-cheeked Antshrike, Red-shouldered Spinetail, Caatinga Antshrike, Tawny Piculet, White-browed Antpitta, Caatinga Antwren, etc.
Day 05: Full day birding Chapada do Araripe.

Day 06: transfer to the unique Lear’s Macaw Reserve at Canudos (360 Km) where we will stay in the very nice and rustic accommodations of the Reserve, facing Lear’s Macaw roosting area. Birding in the afternoon in Caatinga nearby the Reserve for Red-shouldered Spinetail, the local races of Lesser and Greater Wagtail-Tyrant, Least Nighthawk, Blue-crowned Parakeet, etc.

Day 07: Early morning visit to Lear’s (Indigo) Macaw roosting site (always fantastic!!!). After birding, come back for breakfast in the Reserve accommodations and a long drive (496 Km) to União dos Palmares (in the state of Alagoas), our base to bird Murici Reserve next morning. Birding evening in the hotel gardens.
Day 08: Cross the fingers for NO rains as the roads to the Reserve can be dangerous (muddy and slippery) if it’s wet. Leave hotel 4 AM for + – 2 hours’ drive to the forest. We will search for some of the rarest birds in Brazil. In the beginning of the 1980’s, four new species for science were described from here: Alagoas Foliage-gleaner (probably extinct), Alagoas Antwren, Alagoas Tyrannulet and Orange-bellied Antwren. Other targets/rarities are White-collared Kite, Seven-colored Tanager, Pernambuco foliage-gleaner, Black-headed Berryeater. Scalloped Antbird, Golden-spangled Piculet (local race), White-shouldered Antshrike (local race), White-throated Spadebill (local race), Black-cheeked Gnateater and others. Night in União dos Palmares.

Day 09: Leave hotel 4 AM to a 2 hour drive to Jaqueira (aka Frei Caneca Reserve), again let’s hope for no rain. Here we have a second chance to see the “Alagoas” specialties. This is one of the best fragments of Atlantic Forest remaining in the state of Pernambuco. It’s part of the “Serra-do-Urubu” Mountain Range. Alagoas Tyrannulet and Orange-bellied Antwren are easier to find here than in Murici. Other specialties include the incredible Seven-colored Tanager, Long-tailed Woodnymph, Willis’ Antbird and a yet undescribed species of Pygmy-tyrant (Myiornis sp. novum ). When finish we will transfer (+ – 1:30 hs drive) to Tamandare, in the coast of the state of Pernambuco, where we will spend the night.

Day 10: Birding near Tamandare AM. If we still need White-collared Kite here is another good place to try. Other targets include Forbes’ Blackbird, Pinto’s Spinetail, Smoky-fronted Tody-Flycatcher. PM transfer to Recife International Airport (110 Km).



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