We have prepared a broad selection of guided outings offered on the free day (see Field Day Birding, below). However, certain especially sought-after species (such as Harpy Eagle and Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock) cannot be seen by everyone on the same day! So, to help get as many people into the woods to see what they hope to, we are also offering four short outings every day throughout the meeting. Participants wishing to repeat a given outing on another day will be wait-listed, giving priority to first-time participants. 

Trips will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis.  Please click here or on the logo below to make your reservations.  Can’t wait to see you here!

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Everyday Birding

(day trips offered on 20, 21, 23, 24 July)

* Please note that these trips during Meeting days are slightly discounted compared to their equivalents on the Free Day (below) *

Canopy Quickie (D1)

Visit a 40m canopy tower and be back to the meeting in time for a quick breakfast before the plenary Keynote Presentation! Manaus’ newest, prettiest, and most comfortable tower is located at the edge of town and operated by the Museu da Amazônia (MUSA). A spectacular contrast of the Reserva Ducke’s primary terra firme forest with the concrete metropolis permits the unlikely juxtaposition of tanagers, puffbirds, jacamars, cotingas, guans, woodcreepers, toucans, parrots and much more against a distant background of high-rises and traffic sounds. Every trip up the tower is different. Great for photographing canopy specialties like Slaty-capped Shrike-Vireo (Vireolanius leucotis), Glossy-backed Becard (Pachyramphus surinamus), Buff-cheeked Greenlet (Hylophilus muscicapinus), Amazonian Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium hardyi), Guianan Toucanet (Selenidera piperivora), Guianan Puffbird (Notharchus macrorrhynchus), Caica Parrot (Pyrilia caica), and Black Nunbird (Monasa atra). Monkeys are also possible, including the highly endangered, locally endemic Pied Tamarin (Saguinus bicolor). Proceeds help support MUSA. Departure from Hotel Tropical 5:00 a.m., return 8:30 a.m.; maximum 15 participants per visit.

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D1.20 Monday, 20 July, 3.5 hours; 15 participants; $20 (R$60) per person

D1.21 Tuesday, 21 July, 3.5 hours; 15 participants; $20 (R$60) per person

D1.23 Thursday, 23 July, 3.5 hours; 15 participants; $20 (R$60) per person

D1.24 Friday, 24 July, 3.5 hours; 15 participants; $20 (R$60) per person

 

Harpy Eagle Nest (D2)

An active nest of the Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja) at the far end of INPA’s Reserva Ducke is being accompanied by a research team led by Dr. Tania Sanaiotti. Join them for a close-up view of the nest, where the full-sized youngster should be hanging around, waiting for his parents to bring him food. Take all morning for an opportunity to have good looks at the one of the world’s most powerful raptors. And while you’re at it, take advantage of intact primary terra firme forest to look for understory birds nearby, such as the Guianan Warbling-Antbird (Hypocnemis cantator) and Ferruginous-backed Antbird (Myrmeciza ferruginea). Proceeds help support the Harpy Eagle research project. Departure from Hotel Tropical 5:00 a.m., return by noon; maximum 8 participants per visit.

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D2.20 Monday, 20 July, 7 hours; 8 participants; $60 (R$175) per person

D2.21 Tuesday, 21 July, 7 hours; 8 participants; $60 (R$175) per person

D2.23 Thursday, 23 July, 7 hours; 8 participants; $60 (R$175) per person

D2.24 Friday, 24 July, 7 hours; 8 participants; $60 (R$175) per person

 

Marchantaria Morning (D3)

Where the muddy Rio Solimões (as it is called in Brazil) joins the Rio Negro to form the Rio Amazonas, right in front of Manaus, a series of river islands and channels are home to the classic “várzea” (flooded forest) avifauna. Spend the morning on outboard motorboats floating through early successional vegetation and tall flooded forests of Marchantaria Island and other young river islands nearby. Here you’ll look for such specialties as Olive-spotted Hummingbird (Leucippus chlorocercus), Green-throated Mango (Anthracothorax viridigula), Lesser Hornero (Furnarius minor), Castlenau’s Antshrike (Thamnophilus cryptoleucus), Black-and-white Antbird (Myrmochanes hemileucus), River Tyrannulet (Serpophaga hypoleuca), Lesser Wagtail-Tyrant (Stigmatura napensis), Riverside Tyrant (Knipolegus orenocensis), Brown Elaenia (Elaenia pelzelni), and Pearly-breasted Conebill (Conirostrum margaritae), and over seven species of spinetail including Parker’s (Cranioleuca vulpecula), Red-and-white (Certhiaxis mustelina) and White-bellied (Synallaxis propinqua).   Departure from Hotel Tropical 5:00 a.m., return by noon; maximum 12 participants per visit.

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D3.20 Monday, 20 July, 7 hours; 12 participants; $85 (R$250) per person

D3.21 Tuesday, 21 July, 7 hours; 12 participants; $85 (R$250) per person

D3.23 Thursday, 23 July, 7 hours; 12 participants; $85 (R$250) per person

D3.24 Friday, 24 July, 7 hours; 12 participants; $85 (R$250) per person

 

Cock-of-the-Rock Day (D4)

Spend the whole day birding 100 km north of Manaus, near the town of Presidente Figueiredo, where caves and waterfalls offer lovely scenery, refreshing dips, and a visit to an active Cock-of-the-Rock (Rupicola rupicola) lek. Our priority will of course be to watch these spectacular cotingas doing their thing. But the woods in the area are also full of other interesting birds, including chances to see Pelzeln’s Tody-Tyrant (Hemitriccus inornatus) in white-sand forest and Point-tailed Palmcreeper (Berlepschia rikeri) in a Moriche palm (Mauritia flexuosa) swamp. Please note that we have reserved the best lek and the most experienced guides for these scheduled visits. Attempts to see Cock-of-the-Rock leks independently of these trips will inevitably be at other destinations with other guides. Departure from Hotel Tropical 5:00 a.m., return by 6:00 p.m.; maximum 12 participants per visit.

 

D4.20 Monday, 20 July, all day; 12 participants; $130 (R$380) per person

D4.21 Tuesday, 21 July, all day; 12 participants; $130 (R$380) per person

D4.23 Thursday, 23 July, all day; 12 participants; $130 (R$380) per person

D4.24 Friday, 24 July, all day; 12 participants; $130 (R$380) per person

 

Field Day Birding (Wednesday, 22 July)

Available day trip options for the Congress “Free Day”

Canopy Morning (F1)

Extended version of Canopy Quicky (see above) staying on the tower until about 9:00 a.m. and then exploring the forest understory for the rest of the morning. Departure from Hotel Tropical 5:00 a.m., return by noon; maximum 15 participants.

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F1 Wednesday, 22 July, 7 hours; 15 participants; $35 (R$100) per person

 

Harpy Eagle Nest (F2)

Same as other days (see above). Departure from Hotel Tropical 5:00 a.m., return by noon; maximum 8 participants per visit.

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F2 Wednesday, 22 July, 7 hours; 8 participants; $65 (R$195) per person

F2.B A second visit will be offered in the afternoon (13:00-18:00), due to high demand.  Wednesday, 22 July, 5 hours; 8 participants; $60 (R$175) per person

 

Várzea All-day (F3)

Extended version of Marchantaria Morning (see above). Departure from Hotel Tropical 5:00 a.m., return by 4 p.m.; maximum 12 participants per visit.

F3 Wednesday, 22 July, 7 hours; 8 participants; $95 (R$280) per person

 

Cock-of-the-Rock Day (F4)

Same as other days (see above). Please note that we have reserved the best lek and the most experienced guides for these scheduled visits. Attempts to see Cock-of-the-Rock leks independently of these trips will inevitably be at other destinations with other guides. Departure from Hotel Tropical 5:00 a.m., return by 6:00 p.m.; maximum 12 participants per visit.

F4 Wednesday, 22 July, all day; 12 participants; $135 (R$400) per person

 

Tower and Campina (F5)

Visit the famous INPA tower on the ZF-2 road, 50 km north of Manaus. For over 35 years this big and sturdy research tower has offered spectacular 360° views of unbroken primary terra firme forest and what have now become historical insights into the canopy birds of the central Amazon. Virtually every canopy species known from this side of the rios Negro and Amazon has been seen at one time or other from this tower, including all the big eagles, all the parrots, and all the cotingas. Hope for a mixed species flock with Spot-backed (Herpsilochmus dorsimaculatus) and Ash-winged (Terenura spodioptila) antwrens, “Amazonian” Gray Elaenia (Myiopagis caniceps cinerea), Olive Tyrannulet (Phylloscartes virescens), Glossy-backed Becard (Pachyramphus surinamus), and Guianan Gnatcatcher (Polioptila guiananensis). Watch the dirt road on the drive in for Black Curassow (Crax alector), and on the way back stop briefly at a white-sand campina to look for specialties like Bronzy Jacamar (Galbula leucogastra) and Saffron-crested Tyrant-Manakin (Neopelma chrysocephalum). Departure from Hotel Tropical 4:00 a.m., return by 1:00 p.m.; maximum 12 participants.

F5 Wednesday, 22 July, all day; 12 participants; $70 (R$200) per person

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More options:

Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments

Please contact the BDFF Project <pdbff.inpa@gmail.com> about the possibility of visiting the reserves.

 

INPA Bird Collection

The Bird Collection will be open for visitation during the free day (22 July) and also upon demand during the rest of the week.  Please contact avesinpa@gmail.com to schedule your visit, and mention what the focus of your visit will be (e.g., analysis of a particular group, general perusal, etc.) and roughly how much time you think you’ll need.

 

Rio Ariaú várzea

Will be offered on demand.

 

Rio Negro west bank

Will be offered on demand.