The Bahia State is located in Brazil Northeast and has many endemic and threatened bird species, some of them being recently discovered by researchers. In order to see these species, the Bahia tour explores different habitats like Atlantic Forest, Cerrado and Caatinga. This tour starts and ends in Salvador, the capital of Bahia State. There are daily flights from Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo to Salvador (2 hrs long). The key locations are: Camamu, Porto Seguro, Boa Nova, Chapada Diamantina and Jeremoabo.
DAY 1 – Arrival and reception at Salvador International Airport, followed by transfer to Camamu town (3.5 hrs), with accommodations at the picturesque Rio Acaraú Hotel, with a view to Camamu Bay.
DAY 2 – All day birding in Camamu, in Atlantic Forest area. The target birds are: Least Pygmy-Owl, Racket-tailed Coquette, Black-necked Aracari, Golden-spangled Piculet, Sooretama Slaty-Antshrike, Band-tailed Antwren, Bahia Antwren, Rufous-winged Antwren, Red-billed Scythebill, White-eyed Foliage-Gleaner, Blue-backed Manakin, Eastern Striped Manakin, Opal-rumped Tanager, among others.
DAY 3 – Morning birding in Camamu to see the Bahia Tapaculo, followed by drive to Porto Seguro. On the way we will stop to see the recently discovered Pink-legged Graveteiro, endemic bird of Bahia Coast.
DAY 4 - All day birding in Porto Seguro. The target birds are: Blue-throated Parakeet, Golden-tailed Parrotlet, Red-browed Parrot, Hook-billed Hermit, White-chinned Sapphire, Channel-billed Toucan, Ringed Woodpecker, Buff-throated Woodcreeper, Bahia Antwren, Black-headed Berryeater, Banded Cotinga, White-winged Cotinga, Turquoise Tanager, among others.
DAY 5 - Morning birding in Porto Seguro, followed by drive to Boa nova (5.5 hrs), with accommodations at the Pousada Solar.
DAY 6 – All day birding in Boa Nova, in Atlantic Forest area. The target birds are: Ash-throated Crake, Mantled Hawk, Pileated Parakeet, Golden-tailed Parrotlet, Variable Screech-Owl, Frilled Coquette, Crescent-chested Puffbird, Spot-billed Toucanet, Yellow-fronted Woodpecker, Spot-backed Antshrike, Tuffed Antshrike, Spot-breasted Antvireo, Ferruginous Antbird, Rio de Janeiro Antbird, Rufous-capped Antthrush, Black-cheeked Gnateater, Bahia Spinetail, Striated Softtail, Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper, Black-billed Scythebill, Bahia Tyrannulet, Oustalet's Tyrannulet, Yellow-lored Tody-Flycatcher, Blue Manakin, Buff-throated Purpletuft, Cinnamon-vented Piha, Black-headed Berryeater, Rio de Janeiro Greenlet, Brazilian Tanager, Red-necked Tanager and many others.
DAY 7 - All day birding in Boa Nova, in Caatinga habitat. The target birds are: Pygmy Nightjar, Ruby-Topaz Hummingbird, Stripe-breasted Starthroat, Spotted Piculet, Silvery-cheeked Antshrike, Stripe-backed Antbird, Narrow-billed Antwren, Caatinga Antwren, Slender Antbird, Narrow-billed Woodcreeper, Red-shouldered Spinetail, White-naped Jay, Long-billed (Bahia) Wren, Tropical Gnacatcher, Grey-eyed Greenlet, Ultramarine Grosbeak and others.
DAY 8 - After a brief morning birding, we will drive to Chapada Diamantina (4.5 hrs) with accommodations at the Pousada Mucugê. Afternoon birding, with target birds: Sincora Antwren, Diamantina Tapaculo, Grey-backed Tachuri, Pale-throated Serra-Finch and others.
DAY 9 - All day birding in Chapada Diamantina, where we will explore the high rocky mountains to see: Horned Sungem, Hooded Visorbearer, White-eared Puffbird, Collared Crescent-Chest, Rufous-winged Antshrike, Rufous-sided Pygmy-Tyrant, White-rumped Tanager and others.
DAY 10 - All day birding in Chapada Diamantina, in the dry area, to see: Caatinga Parakeet, Broad-tipped Hermit, White-browed Antpitta, Black-bellied Antwren, Red-shouldered Spinetail, Great Xenops, Olivaceous Woodcreeper, Scarlet-throated Tanager, Red-cowled Cardinal, San Francisco Sparrow and others.
DAY 11 - After a brief morning birding, we will drive all day long to Jeremoabo to see the fabulous Lear's Macaw.
DAY 12 – Morning birding in Jeremoabo to see the threatened endemic Lear's Macaw and other species like White-browed Guan, Pectoral Antwren, Campo Suiriri, etc. Drive to Salvador in the afternoon.