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Come birdwatching in south of Brazil and meet hundreds of species, including the many exclusive species of this region, and its beautiful ladscapes. I have vast experience in the region, I was born in Florianópolis (capital of Santa Catarina. Bachelor and master’s degree in Biology, I have been studying and researching the birds of the region since 2010. I am fluent in English and Spanish and have experience guiding birders from differents parts of Brazil, Argentina, Peru and France.


  • Text and photos: Fernando Farias. fernando-farias@hotmail.com +55 48 9-9937-7714

I have at least 5 destinies (Joinville, Urupema, Florianópolis, Laguna and Lagoa do Peixe), for full day birding or in multi-day tours.  During the tour you don’t have to worry about the logistics of scheduling the hotels or transfer from and to the airport. Two suggestions of tour are Joinville – Urupema (5 days) and the complete tour Joinville – Urupema – Lagoa do Peixe  National Park (7 days)



With more than 400 species, Joinville is the great hotspot of south of Brazil. Its variety of habitats like lowland forests, mangroves and marshes provides this high richness of species. Birdwatching through this different places we can watch some endemic species like Restinga Tyrannulet (Phylloscartes kronei), Kaempfer’s Tody-tyrant (Hemitriccus kaempferi) and Parana Antwren (Formicivora acutirostris), and other amazing species as Scaled Chachalaca (Ortalis squamata), Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus ruber), Saw-billed Hermit (Ramphodon naevius), Brazilian Tanager (Ramphocelus bresilius), Brazilian Ruby (Heliodoxa rubricauda),  Ochre-collared Piculet (Picumnus temminckii), Rufous-backed Antvireo (Dysithamnus xanthopterus), Bertoni’s Antbird (Drymophila rubricollis), Black-cheeked Gnateater (Conopophaga melanops), Hooded Berryeater (Carpornis cucullata), Black-backed Tanager (Tangara peruviana), White-eyed Foliage-Gleaner (Automolus leucophthalmus), Squamate Antbird (Myrmoderus squamosus), Red-gartered Coot (Fulica armillata), Green-backed Trogon (Trogon viridis).



In Urupema we will see another variety of species, typical of Araucaria Pine Forest and High Altitude Fields. Highlighting the endemic Long-tailed Cinclodes (Cinclodes pabsti), Planalto Tapaculo (Scytalopus pachecoi), Rusty-barred Owl (Strix hylophila), Long-tuffed Screech-Owl (Megascops sanctaecatarinae), Violet-crowned Plovercrest (Stephanoxis loddigesii), Mottled Piculet (Picumnus nebulosus), Striolated Tit-Spinetail (Leptasthenura striolata), Araucaria Tit-Spinetail (Leptasthenura setaria),  Black-and-White Monjita (Xolmis dominicanus), Azure Jay (Cyanocorax caeruleus), Hellmayr’s Pipit (Anthus hellmayri), Saffron-cowled Blackbird (Xanthopsar flavus), Diademed Tanager (Stephanophorus diadematus), Chestnut-backed Tanager (Tangara preciosa), Lesser Grass-Finch (Emberizoides ypiranganus), Gray-throated Warbling-Finch (Microspingus cabanisi), Black-and-Rufous Warbling Finch (Poospiza nigrorufa).

In spring/summer the many migratory birds come to the region including 3 amazing species of Seedeater, Tawny-bellied Seedeater (Sporophila hypoxantha), Black-bellied Seedeater (Sporophila melanogaster) and recently described Tropeiro Seedeater (Sporophila beltoni.

In autumn, between April and June Urupema become the stage of the spectacle of the thousands of Red-spectacled Parrot (Amazona pretrei) that come to the region to eat the seeds of the Brazilian Pine, in smaller number, but also present the  Vinaceous-breasted Parrot (Amazona vinacea).


Lagoa do Peixe National Park

The Lagoa do Peixe National Park is a hotspot of shorebirds, an importante stopping point for migratory birds and birds of marshes, where we will see enormous flocks of White-rumped Sanpiper (Calidris fuscicollis), Sanderling (Calidris alba) and Red Knot (Calidris canutus). We will se other amazing species as the Chilean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis), Many-colored Rush Tyrant (Tachuris rubrigastra),  Black-necked Swan (Cygnus melancoryphus), Coscoroba Swan (Coscoroba coscoroba), Southern Screamer (Chauna torquata), Common Miner (Geositta cunicularia), Curve-billed Reedhaunter (Limnornis curvirostris), Wren-like Rushbird (Phleocryptes melanops), Hudson’s Canastero (Asthenes hudsoni), Bay-capped Wren-Spinetail (Spartonoica maluroides), Spectacled Tyrant (Hymenops perspicillatus), White Monjita (Xolmis irupero), Correndera Pipit (Anthus correndera), Scarlet-headed Blackbird (Amblyramphus holosericus) and Yellow-winged Blackbird (Agelasticus thilius).