Birding Brazil Tours & Nature Photography

Birding Brazil Tours is under new direction providing unforgettable birding and nature tours in Brazil and now also in Venezuela, Peru and Colombia!

"Our ground agent is Birding Brazil Tours, recently featured in the Sunday New York Times travel section. Birding Brazil is run by Andy Whittaker, who came to Brazil in the early 80s to band birds for me in the Amazonian rainforest and fell so in love with the country that he stayed on and now makes his living leading tours around South America."
Richard O. Bierregaard, Jr., 2005.

Birding Brazil Tours has provide for the last 18 years customized worry-free birding and nature tours throughout Brazil. Customers have included several of the world's leading birding companies; world renowned ornithologists as Dr. Robert S. Ridgely, Steven Hilty, Thomas Schulenberg and Guy Tudor, top world lister's alike Tom Gullick, the late Phoebe Snetsinger and Martin Edwards besides the television channel BBC Wildlife through David Attenborough on the famous "Life Of Bird" series, affirming the quality of our services.

Andrew is the senior leader of the team. He was born in England and after working around the world as an ornithologist he settled in Amazonian Brazil almost three decades ago. Andrew was the first birding guide in Brazil and nowadays brings aboard 26 years experience of bird guiding and avifauna research throughout Brazil and most other South American countries. Andy has described several new species to science (eg. Cryptic Forest-Falcon, Chapada Flycatcher, Delta Amacuro Softtail) and published many important scientific articles. Also guided many VIPS including Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh (president of WWF), senators Al Gore (Nobel prize winner 2007) and Tom Hayden, Sir David Attenbourgh and news reporter Tom Brokaw. Recently he has been honored with the scientific name of the Brazilian endemic Alta Floresta Antpitta (Hylopezus whittakeri).

Running Birding Brazil is Jaqueline, born in southern Brazil, where has graduated in Biology. She moved to Manaus in 2007 and started studying manakins genetics. Later she finished her master's research on the White-crowned Manakins and started heading Birding Brazil since 2011. Jaqueline as well has carried out Amazon bird inventories.

The main business is organizing custom made trips for independent neotropical birders (offering professional ornithological knowledge) for private or set tours to any of the many exciting Brazilian or South American birding destinations. We also cater for amateur non professional small groups of birdwatchers, butterflying, nature lovers, photographers and general ecotourists worldwide. Looking forward to organize a tour of your lifetime!



Birdwatching groups

  • Andy with the wildlife producer Nigel Marven in the Amazon.
  • Martin Edwards (World Bird Species Life List of 8450 Jan 2012), his daughter Barbara and Andy at Emas National Park.
  • Group birding in Itambezinho canyon, south of Brazil.
  • University of Texas students wit their professor Dr. Doughty in the Amazon with Andrew Whittaker. Photo Marconi Campos.
  • Group birding at Roosevelt river in the Amazon (Rondônia state).
  • Andy birding with a group at Emas National Park (Cerrado & Native Grasslands), central Brazil.
  • Group birding in Cerrado (native grasslands).
  • Group birding in Amazonia.
  • Shizuka Hashimoto and Jaque birding with Andy in Amazonian Brazil.
  • Andy guiding in the rich Atlantic Rainforest of Intervales (SE Brazil).
  • Photographing and birding in the Cerrado habitat of Chapada dos Guimarães National Park
  • Birding in the Rio Roosevelt, Rondônia.