BRAZIL MARCH/APRIL 2017
Learís Macaws and much more
 
Would you like to join Steve Brookes on a very special trip to Brazil with a chance to see up to 17 species and sub-species of parrots of which 7 are Endemic to Brazil including Learís Macaws, one of the rarest Macaws in Brazil and another 6 Parrot sub-species also Endemic to Brazil along with many other Brazilian Birds and wildlife as we travel the Eastern state of Bahia in this stunning South American country (full parrot list below).
 
Throughout this trip we are likely to see in excess of 200 bird species with many opportunities to photo, video or just observe them in their Natural Habitats.
 
In all a unique journey with many exciting encounters around every corner, in 2013, 2015 and 2016 we saw about 400 Learís Macaws each time (about a third of their entire wild population) all together flying directly over us
 
Due to the logisitics of this trip it is limited to a maximum of 8 participants


ITINERARY
 
25th March 2017
Arrive in Rio de Janeiro and transfer to our hotel
 
26th March
Transfer back to the airport for an internal flight to Salvador in the North-east of Brazil where we will be met by our guide and driver for a road transfer to Est‚ncia. Here we will see our first parrots of the trip Red-shouldered Macaws, Peach-fronted Conure and the beautiful Golden-capped Conure.
Overnight at Est‚ncia.
 

 
27th March
Early morning watching the Red-shouldered Macaws flying back and fore in the Palm trees as well as in their nests just along the roadside Ė easy Parrot Watching also time to check out the Golden-capped Conures.
 
I think they appear to be a cross between Golden-capped and Janday Conures which seem to inter-breed here suggesting that they are probably sub-species instead of separate species. What do you think??
Back to the hotel for breakfast.
 

 

 
We now start the eagerly awaited transfer to Canudos.
Along the road we expect to see the Blue-winged Parrotlets many times as well as a very important Brazilian endemic, the Caatinga Parakeet also known as the Cactus Conure and hopefully our first sightings of  Lear's Macaws.
Who will be the first to spot one ?
 

 
We will have our first night in the new lodge near the cliffs where the Learís Macaws roost and nest.
It is here that we meet Camila Mendes who is the Coordinator of Projects for the Biodiversitas Foundation in charge of the land preservation for the Learís Macaws. She will do a presentation about the project and escort us around the reserve which requires special government permits to visit. We will have these permits allowing us to see the Learís Macaws in their nesting and roosting habitats.

Overnight at the Learís Macaw Lodge.
 

 
28th March
A very early wake up call for our 45 minute 4x4 slow drive to the top of the cliffs waiting for the Learís Macaws to arrive.
 
Then in the distance a buzzing sound like a swarm of bees develops into the calls of hundreds of Macaws as they come up over the edge of the cliffs and fly in a kind of slow-motion circling above us for more than an hour before eventually flying off to their feeding grounds. We photo and video these magnificent Macaws as they fly and sometimes perch in the trees.
 

 
We then go over to the cliff edge to see the Learís Macaws who are still rearing their chicks in the cliff walls their calls echoing throughout the valleys.
 

 
 
Back to the lodge for breakfast before going down into the valleys at the bottom of the Learís cliffs to see the Blue-crowned and Caatinga Parakeets
 

 

 
We can also see the Blue-fronted Amazons here as well although mostly these just fly over without stopping
After lunch in the town of Canudos we will go to an area where there are lots of Blue-winged Parrotlets possibly seeing more Learís Macaws as they are feeding.
 
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Overnight at Learís Macaw Lodge.
 
29th March
We now go to the other side of the cliffs to see the Parrots in this area with more chances of Cactus Conures and Blue-winged Parrotlets and always looking out for more sightings of the Learís Macaws
 

 

 
As we check out the local lanes and fields we are also in the range for the Blue-winged (Illigerís) Macaws which roost and nest in trees along the dry river banks but we need to be very quiet and hidden as much as possible because these medium sized Macaws are very shy.

 
Overnight at the Learís Macaw Lodge.
30th March
Another very early morning at the cliff tops watching the Learís Macaws as they awaken Ė well we have got to see this spectacle one more time before we leave, itís so good.
 

 

 
We reluctantly leave Canudos but not these Macaws as we meet up with Kilma Manso who is President of ECO (Ecological Conservation Organisation) she assesses the damage done to the farmerís corn by the Learís Macaws and compensates them in exchange for the farmers protecting the Macaws.

 
Kilma will take us to a valley where the Learís Macaws feed but also to see how the Licuri Palm trees (the preferred diet of the Macaws) that we planted in May 2016 are developing. We planted 50 trees as part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Parrot Society UK and their involvement with the Learís Macaw project.
 

 
We then transfer to Jeremoabo for our hotel in the town.
 
Overnight at Jeremoabo
 

 
31st March
 
A full day to explore common feed sites for the Learís Macaws and maybe see some of the damage they do to the farmerís corn-cob crops but hopefully see them eating their natural food source the Licuri Palms.
 

 

 
Kilma will tell us about the Corn Subsidy Project and as she is also involved with the Spixís Macaw project will tell us about the progress of this project to eventually release Spixís Macaw back into the wild within the next few years.
 
Overnight at Jeremoabo
 
1st April
 
We have a long drive today from Jeremoabo to Tamandare but we will be able to stop at several locations to check out the birds along the route.
We spend the last 3 nights of this trip at Tamandare with a special hotel on the coast with its own pool so we can cool down at midday.

 
Overnight at Tamandare
 
2nd April
Besides the pretty beaches, the country side of Pernambuco and Alagoas were deforested to plant sugarcane, so do not expect a beautiful scenery, however there are a few small forest patches which hold pretty much everything as regards bird life so we can expect some good local endemics like, white collared kite, williīs antbird, orange bellied antwren, seven colored tanager as well as many Parrots such as Reichnowis Parrot, Jandaya Conure, Blue-winged Parrotlet, Golden-tailed Parrotlet, Red-shouldered Macaw, White-eyed Conure, Plain Parakeet and Scaly-headed (Maximilianís) Parrot
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Our hotel is very close to the coconut plantation where Jandaya Conures overnight so we will be there to watch them come in on an evening and fly out in a morning.
 

Overnight at Tamandare
 
3rd April
 
Today will follow a similar pattern to the previous day looking for the Parrots that reside in the local forests and if we have missed any then we will concentrate on looking for these but we can still include watching the Jandaya Conures again as they are special
 

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4th April
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and therefore today we have to transfer to the local airport and after a short internal flight we take our International flights home with all our Memories and Photos/Videos of all that we have seen.
 
What will have been your highlight of this amazing journey??? Ė the Learís Macaws will take some beating on any trip!!!
 
Alternatively we can go over to the Pantanal and extend our Parrot adventure with some more amazing encounters including the largest Parrot, the Hyacinth Macaw.
Please check out the itinerary
 
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PRICE - £ 2945 per person sharing a double/twin room £ 295 single supplement
Balance to be paid 45 days before the start of the trip.
MAXIMUM 8 people on this trip
Includes all road transfers within Brazil, accommodation, meals (from breakfast on 26th March to breakfast on 4th April), water, transport including driver, naturalist guide, and all entry fees to National Parks.
NOT included International and internal flights, insurance, drinks, souvenirs, tips, any additional activities not mentioned in the itinerary.


Parrots to be seen on this trip
Learís Macaw        Anodorhynchus leari   ENDEMIC
Red-shouldered Macaw    (Hahnís)   Diopsittaca nobilis cumanensis   ENDEMIC sub-species
Blue-winged Macaw      (Illigerís) Primolius maracana  
Blue-crowned Conure   Aratinga acuticaudata haemorrhous   ENDEMIC sub-species
Golden-capped Conure   Aratinga auricapillus auricapillus  ENDEMIC
Jandaya Conure Aratinga jandaya   ENDEMIC
Peach-fronted Conure  Aratinga aurea  
Caatinga or Cactus Conure Aratinga cactorum cactorum ENDE≠≠≠≠MIC
Caatinga or Cactus Conure  Aratinga cactorum caixana ENDEMIC sub-species
Blue-winged Parrotlet   Forpus xanthopterygius xanthopterygius  
Blue-winged Parrotlet Forpus xanthopterygius flavissimus ENDEMIC sub-species
Golden-tailed Parrotlet  Touit surdus ENDEMIC
Plain Parakeet  Brotogeris tirica  ENDEMIC
Blue-headed Parrot  Pionus reichenowi ENDEMIC
Scaly headed Parrot (Maximilianís)  Pionus maximiliani maximiliani   ENDEMIC sub-species
Blue-fronted Amazon Amazona aestiva aestiva ENDEMIC sub-species
Orange-winged Amazon Amazona amazonica amazonica  
 
To enquire about this trip or book please contact:- STEVE BROOKES
at
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