Amapá: Serra do Navio and Guyanan specialties


Macapá is the capital of Amapá State, and start point to visit the Serra do Navio.

We will bird Amapá from two bases: Serra do Navio and Porto Grande. Amapá is located between the French Guyana and the mouth of the Amazon River. In Amapá we will look for specialites of the Guianan Shield, birds typical of the eastern Amazonian region as well as birds of the Cerrado and forests of Central Brazil. Amapá is very remote and very few birdwatchers have ever birded this area. Therefore the potential for interesting bird discoveries is excellent.

Our first base, Serra do Navio, is a mining area about 220 km from Macapá and home to very nice forest nearby. Serra do Navio has an incredible bird diversity including many Guianan specialties. We may be able to find Black-headed, Dusky and Red-lored Parrots for our parrot list. We will also look for Black-faced Hawk, Racket-tailed Coquette, Crimson Topaz, Great-billed and Streak-throated Hermit, Green Araçari, Chestnut and Golden-collared Woodpeckers, Chestnut-rumped Woodcreeper, McConnell’s Spinetail, Todd's, Brown-bellied and Ash-winged Antwren, Rufous-throated and White-plumed Antbirds, Band-tailed Antshrike, Smoky-fronted Tody-Flycatcher, Pompadour Cotinga, Guianan Red-Cotinga, Crimson Fruitcrow and Capuchinbirds, hopefully in a lek performing their amazing display. Also possible are Ornate and Black Hawk-Eagles, Russet-crowned Crake, Amazonian Pygmy-Owl, Spotted Puffbird, Great and Yellow-billed Jacamars, White-chinned and Red-billed Woodcreeepers, Rufous-rumped Foliage-gleaner, Black-throated, Rufous-bellied, and Streaked Antwrens, Spotted Antpitta, Pink-throated Becard, White-fronted Manakin, Collared Gnatwren, River Warbler, Black-faced and Red-billed Pied-Tanager. Harpy Eagle, although not common, is also a possibility.

Our second base will be Porto Grande, about 100 km from Serra do Navio on the way back to Macapá. Here we will bird in a variety of habitats: pristine forests, campina, and cerrado. For the parrot list we will look for Blue-and-yellow, Red-and-green, Scarlet and Red-shuldered Macaws, Sapphire-rumped Parrotlet and Red-fan Parrot. Also possible in the area are Crimson Topaz, Bronzy Jacamar, Red-necked Woodpecker, Tawny-throated Leaftosser, Todd’s and Brown-bellied Antwrens, Black-throated Antshrike, Black-headed Antbird, Amazonian Royal Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Flycatcher Olive-green Tyrannulet, Glossy-backed Becard, Sharpbill, Pompadour and Spangled Cotingas, and Short-billed Honeycreeper. The white-sand savannas nearby can produce Guianan Slaty-Antshrike, Rusty-backed Antwren, Dusky and White-bellied Antbirds, Black and Crimson-hooded Manakins, Pale-bellied Tyrant-Manakin, Helmeted Pygmy-Tyrant, Rufous-crowned Elaenia, Pale-bellied Mourner and Green Oropendola. We will also look for birds typical of the Cerrado like Campo Flicker, White-wedged Piculet, Campo Flycatcher, Chalk-browed Mockingbird, White-rumped Tananger, Plumbeous Seedeater, and Stripe-tailed Yellow-Finch.

Our accommodations in Amapá will be simple, but adequate and convenient to the birding areas.


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