Brazil stands as an expansive tropical paradise for birders, boasting an incredible count of of 1816 bird species
Among these, a staggering 258 are endemics, and the list continues to grow with new species being described each year. Few countries rival Brazil in terms of species diversity, as it claims the title of the world’s greatest biodiversity hub, holding the highest number of endemic birds in South America and ranking as the third richest bird country globally. The country’s vibrant culture, warm hospitality of its people, rich natural history, breathtaking landscapes, top-notch tourist facilities, and a diverse culinary scene collectively offer birders an unparalleled opportunity to engage in some of the most thrilling birdwatching and wildlife experiences on the South American continent. Unsurprisingly, Brazil has swiftly become the premier birding destination in South America.
The sheer magnitude of Brazil, the largest country in South America, is adorned with superlatives that captivate the senses. In the southwest, the mesmerizing Iguaçu Falls, the world’s largest and most spectacular waterfalls, captivate visitors with their thunderous beauty. As one travels eastward, the Serra do Mar mountain range unfolds, draped in lush Atlantic rainforest, boasting the highest concentration of endemic bird species globally, exceeding 160. This journey leads to Brazil’s iconic tropical beaches, shaded by swaying coconut palms, presenting a visual tapestry that epitomizes the country’s natural wonders and rich biodiversity.
At Sustainable Birding, we don’t offer ready-made, off-the-shelf birding tours. Our approach is deeply personalised—we meticulously craft each of our tours in Brazil from scratch, ensuring every detail aligns with your unique preferences. From the mighty Amazon to the beautiful Pantanal, our team of seasoned birding experts use our comprehensive knowledge to tailor your birding holiday, guaranteeing an experience perfectly attuned to your specific requirements.
All our birding tours in Brazil are expertly guided by our passionate, knowledgeable and experienced Brazilian tour leaders. They are some of the best guides on the planet! So, give us a call or drop us an email and let’s talk Brazil!
Reasons to go on a Tailor-made Birding Tour
• Select the exact dates that suit your schedule.
• Choose the ideal time of year for your birding adventure.
• Travel alongside your preferred companions—be it family, friends, or fellow birders.
• Set your pace—whether fast or brisk.
• Customise within your personal budget, from luxurious to budget accommodations or a mix.
• Craft a tour that matches your specific interests—whether intense birding, leisurely exploration, photography, culture, music, wine, botany, butterflies, herpetology, geology, diving, hiking, and beyond.
• Our team is here to cater to your interests and ensure a fulfilling birding holiday.
Explore our selection of Scheduled Group Birding Tours in Brazil. These groups tours have been designed to fit different birding preference and time restraints. Typically, our group tours are more affordable, and allow people to meet up and make lifelong memories with fellow birders. All our group tours are small and come with an expert Tour Leader, having groups no bigger than 6 individuals, so you still get that intimate feeling and the full attention of the Tour Leader.
Please refer to our Birding Calendar for tour schedules, dates, and fixed prices.
See updated list of endemic species here
The best time for birding in Brazil hinges on the distinct seasons prevalent across its vast and varied landscapes. The dry season, spanning from May to October, is often favoured. During this period, the weather tends to be more predictable, with diminished rainfall, rendering birding conditions more comfortable. The dry season also aligns with the active breeding period for many bird species, enhancing visibility as foliage becomes less dense.
Conversely, the wet season, stretching from November to April, also presents unique birding opportunities. Despite increased rainfall, this period witnesses the continued activity of numerous bird species, with the added possibility of encountering migratory birds. In the Amazon rainforest, where conditions can be distinct, the wet season may bring about some areas flooding, making boat trips more accessible and offering exclusive birding encounters.
Brazil’s weather and climate are immensely diverse, reflecting the country’s expansive and varied landscapes. The Amazon rainforest, a significant climatic influencer, experiences a tropical climate characterized by heat and humidity throughout the year. The region witnesses substantial rainfall, with a pronounced wet season from December to May and a relatively drier period from June to November. Temperature variations are minimal, maintaining a consistently warm climate.
Moving to the Northeast region, a semi-arid climate prevails, particularly in interior areas. Rainfall is irregular, concentrated in a short rainy season, and temperatures remain warm to hot year-round. This creates a unique environment that differs significantly from the lush Amazon.
In the Southeast region, which encompasses major cities like Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, a tropical climate is prevalent. This area experiences distinct wet and dry seasons, with the heaviest rainfall occurring from November to February. The climate variation across these regions contributes to Brazil’s rich biodiversity and diverse ecosystems, providing unique opportunities for birdwatching and exploration throughout the year.
Considering Brazil’s tropical climate, packing appropriate clothing is crucial. Lightweight and breathable fabrics are recommended to combat the heat, while long-sleeved shirts and trousers provide protection against both the sun and potential insect encounters.
Including a rain jacket in your gear can be indispensable, especially if your birding adventures take you to regions with unpredictable or frequent rainfall. Footwear plays a pivotal role in ensuring your comfort during excursions. Sturdy, waterproof hiking shoes provide stability and support, catering to the varied terrains you may encounter. Lastly, don’t forget to bring a hat and sunscreen to shield yourself from the intense tropical sun, adding a layer of protection as you immerse yourself in the captivating world of Brazilian birdwatching.
Equipment such as high-quality binoculars tailored for birdwatching is essential and if you have a good working camera and lens, then please bring it with you! A comprehensive field guide specific to the country’s birds, such as Birds of Brazil (Helm Field Guides) is recommended.
*Remember that when you book a Brazil birding tour with us for 14 days, we will send you a new complementary field guide!
The Sustainable Birding Company is a subsidiary of Far and Wild Travel, a tailor-made tour company based in Cumbria, UK. Far and Wild Travel offer sustainable, luxury, tailor-made tour itineraries throughout Africa and around the world.