Total Immersion for Bird Enthusiasts
The Amazon is one of the top destinations for birdwatchers from all over the world. With a huge number of endemic species, it gets as fantastic as nowhere else on this planet.
But few areas in the Amazon can offer the possibility of joining both the comfort of a peaceful floating jungle lodge and the contact with researchers and specialized guides, who can provide all the information a birdwatcher needs.
The unique characteristic of Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site of floodplain forest, makes it an intriguing place for spotting birds that are typical of this kind of environment. There are some species, for example, that can only be seen on the Amazon River islands.
Superior lodge accommodation
Guide specialized in birdwatching
Private boat for day trips
Complete board – including Special snacks on all outings + one bottle of wine per night
Wet Season (Jan – June)
The best sightings are made from canoes. With trails flooded to the height of the treetops, the birds are much closer, whether perched or in flight.
Dry Season (July – Dec)
This is when the birds that feed on fish, such as herons (Ardeidae) and cormorants (Phalacrocorax brasilianus), can be seen in huge numbers. The giant flocks of them are breathtaking.
Marvel at the Hoazin (Opisthocomus hoazin): an extraordinary bird with awkward movements, a stylish crest and just a hint of a ruminat: it can digest leaves thanks to bacteria within its digestive system.
Observe again and again the Wattled curassow (Crax globulosa): native to lowland rainforest it can be sighted high up in the trees and reaches 82cm (32”) in length.[/ut_quote_alt]
Put your binoculars to the test on the tiny Black-bellied Thorntail (Discosura langsdorffi), one of the smallest hummingbirds in Brazil and one which is threatened with extinction. [/ut_quote_alt]
Dream of an encounter with the Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja), the most powerful bird of prey in the world and one of the largest. [/ut_quote_alt]
Have fun with the jumping jacks on the forest floor – like the rare Zigzag Heron (Zebrilus undulatus).
Besides getting to see many of the 362 species of birds Mamirauá Reserve has!