Birding Brazil Tours & Nature Photography

Pantanal

The world's largest tropical wetland sprawling over an estimated area of 195,000 square km with about 80% of the Pantanal floodplains submerged during the rainy seasons. Nurturing an astonishing biologically diverse collection of aquatic plants and helping support an incredible diverse and dense array of animal species it's no wonder the Pantanal has become world famous as the planets most spectacular wetland system to observe the phenomenal spectacle of nature! Centered in the state of Mato Grosso this birding mecca holds many much wanted and localized bird species as Chestnut-bellied Guan, Bare-faced Curassow, Chaco Chachalaca, Greater Rhea, Red-legged Seriema, Agami and Whistling Heron, Jabiru Stork, Southern Screamer, Hyacinth and Golden-collared Macaw, Blaze-winged and Black-hooded Parakeet, Long-tailed Ground-dove, Sunbittern, Sungrebe, Pale-crested and White Woodpecker, Toco Toucan, Buff-bellied Hermit, Gray-crested Cachalote, Great-rufous Woodcreeper, Red-billed Scythebill, Matto Grosso and Band-tailed Antbird, Large-billed Antwren, Streamer-tailed Tyrant, White-rumped Monjita, Helmeted Manakin, Fawn-breasted Wren, Scarlet-headed Blackbird and an abundance of mammals including the Jaguar! Check out our selection of tour photos below!

In Pantanal we offer:
- Birding Tours
- Jaguar Photo Tours (check photos here)
- South America's 'Big Five': Brazilian Tapir, Giant Anteater, Giant River Otter, Jaguar, Maned Wolf (check photos here)



ITINERARY SUGGESTIONS FOR AN OPEN OR CUSTOMIZED TOUR:

Itinerary 1: 14 days covering Pantanal - Chapada dos Guimarães - Cristalino Jungle Lodge. Optional Jaguar boat trip.

Itinerary 2: 8-9 days covering Pantanal & Chapada dos Guimarães. Optional Jaguar boat trip.

Itinerary 3: 07 days tour South America's 'Big Five' (Brazilian Tapir, Giant Anteater, Giant Otter, Jaguar, Maned Wolf).

Itinerary 4 (NEW): 09 days tour in Southern Pantanal & Bonito.


PANTANAL TOUR REPORT
In November 1996, the excursion committee of the Copenhagen chapter of the Danish Ornithological Society (DOF) carried out its second trip to Brazil in 1996. The purpose of the journey was to birdwatch in the famous Pantanal and a representative selection of rainforest habitats in the Amazonian basin. The trip was arranged by Andrew Whittaker's company, "Birding Brazil". The company had made a perfect arrangement and Andrew himself was our local guide. His detailed knowledge about the areas and his outstanding expertise in bird vocalisations were the main reasons why our birdlist reached 661 species, an incredibly high number for a trip exclusively in lowland areas." Erik Mølgaard, Hvidovre, Denmark.


Pantanal birds

Photos by Andrew Whittaker.
  • Hyacinth Macaw preening
  • Orange-backed Troupial
  • This aberrant Jabiru has only been seen once in the Pantanal. This bird was spotted during a tour in 2009.
  • Red-legged Seriema
  • Black-collared Hawk
  • Helmeted Manakin
  • Toco Toucan
  • Plumbeous Ibis
  • Bare-faced Curassow pair
  • Chestnut-eared Aracari
  • Sunbittern ruffed up
  • Southern Screamer
  • Scarlet-headed Blackbird
  • White-fronted Woodpecker
  • Nanday Parakeets
  • Ringed Kingfisher
  • Red-crested Cardinals
  • Barred Antshrike male
  • Nacunda Nighthawk
  • Mato Grosso Antbird
  • Limpkin eating apple snail
  • American Pygmy Kingfisher
  • Great Rufous Woodcreeper
  • Great Potoo
  • Savanha Hawk feeding on freshly killed Gray-breasted Wood-Rail
  • Pied Plover with its reflection on water.
  • Burrowing Owl
  • Yellow-billed Cardinals
  • White-rumped Tanager
  • Great Horned Owl
  • White-eared Puffbird
  • Gray-crested Cacholote. Check the paper "The Rufous Cacholote (Furnariidae: Pseudoseisura) is two species" in Andrew's bio. This was one split from Rufous and the other split being Caatinga Cacholote of northeastern Brazil.
  • Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl
  • Spot-backed Puffbird
  • Saffron-billed Sparrow (devillei ssp.)
  • Rusty-backed Antwren male
  • Jabiru fishing
  • Purplish Jays
  • Rufous-tailed Jacamar
  • Jabiru Storks at nest
  • Blue-crowned Motmot
  • Black-capped Donocobius
  • Bare-faced Curassow male
  • Capped Heron
  • Agami Heron immature
  • Whistling Heron
  • White-bellied Seedeater male
  • Band-tailed Manakin male
  • White-wedged Piculet female
  • Red-billed Scythebill
  • Pheasant Cuckoo
  • Green-and-rufous Kingfisher male
  • Blue-throated Piping-Guan (a probable split) at clay lick
  • Flock of Yellow-collared Macaws
  • Chestnut-bellied Guan
  • Buff-necked Ibis
  • Boat-billed Heron
  • Black-banded Owl
  • Anhinga female preening
  • Southern Caracara feeding on a mouse
  • Brown-chested Martin (Progne tapera fusca)
  • Picazuro Pigeon

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