PAMPAS & NATIVE GRASSLANDS
Brazilian pampas are found in the southernmost state Rio Grande do Sul and is a natural region of vast grassland plains interrupted by small lakes, marshes and copses of picturesque Araucaria (monkey puzzle tree). Further South is the Lagoa do Peixe National Park, an important area for many specialty birds of the coastal zone and an important area for migrant waterbirds. Possibilities include Dot-winged Crake, Chilean and Andean Flamingo, Ringed Teal, Black-headed Duck, Black-necked and Coscoroba Swans, Curve-billed Reedhaunter, Giant Wood-Rail, Spectacled Tyrant, Sulphur-bearded Spinetail, Hudson's Canastero, Common Miner, Scarlet-headed Blackbird and Many-colored Rush Tyrant.
In Central Brazil are the native grasslands, a highly threatened and best preserved in two famous national parks (Canastra and Emas). Both these natural grassland habitats contain unique endemic, near endemic and sort after birds such Lesser Nothura, Dwarf Tinamou, Crowned Eagle, Giant Snipe, Red-and-white Crake, Red-spectacled, Vinaceous-breasted and Yellow-faced Parrot, White-winged and Sickle-winged Nightjar, Stripe-breasted Starthroat, Brazilian Merganser, Mottled Piculet, Biscutate Swift, Striolated and Araucaria Tit-Spinetail, Straight-billed Reedhaunter, Planalto Foliage-gleaner, Long-tailed Cinclodes, Campo Miner, Marsh, Brasilia and Planalto Tapaculo, Cock-tailed Tyrant, Gray-backed Tachuri, Velvety Black-Tyrant, White-striped Warbler, Black-and-White and White-rumped Monjita, Ochre-breasted Pipit, Saffron-cowled Blackbird, Azure Jay, Cone-billed Tanager, Black-bellied Seedeater, Yellow-billed Blue Finch and Black-masked Finch and many more! Check out our selection of tour photos below!
ITINERARY SUGGESTIONS FOR AN OPEN OR CUSTOMIZED TOUR:
Itinerary 1: 07 days covering the Lagoa do Peixe National Park (brackish lagoon system and coastal restinga) & Araucaria Forest.
Itinerary 2: 05-07 days covering Emas National Park (biomes Native Grassland & Cerrado).
Pampas & Native Grasslands birds
Photos by Andrew Whittaker and Jaqueline Fortuna.