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A Birdwatching Guide to South-East Brazil

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Next to being a richly illustrated field guide, this book offers plenty of advice for those wishing to go there themselves

By: Juha Honkala and Seppo Niiranen

416 pages, 960 colour photos, colour distribution maps, 30 colour maps

Juha Honkala

1 customer review
Paperback | Jun 2010 | #186238 | ISBN-13: 9789529271924
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £28.99 $38/€33 approx

About this book

The site descriptions include information on some 50 excellent birdwatching sites throughout South-East Brazil with accurate directions on how-to-get-there, details of what to see and expect, plus important information on conditions. In addition, the book includes illustrations of 558 species.

The species accounts include all the detail necessary for field identification of the 471 species recorded in the Agulhas Negras area, in the heart of South-East Brazil, plus scientific and common names in English and Portuguese, size, voice descriptions, subspecies, habitat, distribution and status in the area. Each species is illustrated with a high quality, full colour photograph. Range maps show the birds' distribution in Brazil. A comprehensive species list of South-East Brazil, bibliography and a list of useful addresses and websites completes the volume.


Photograph Acknowledgements

Introduction to South-East Brazil
Birds of the Atlantic Rainforest

&b;Facts for a Visitor&o;
When to go
Items to bring
Travel insurance
The Internet
Bird books
Hints for birding

&b;Birding in South-East Brazil; site descriptions

Rio de Janeiro state&o;
Introduction to the Agulhas Negras area
Birding in the Agulhas Negras area
Portal do Bosque trail
Rua FF
Portal do Penedo
Rio Alambari
Visconde de Maua
Vale do Pavao, Maua
Pedra Selada
Resende wetland and fields
Porto Real
Itataia city marsh
Itataia National Park
Agulhas Negras road
Tijuca National Park
Rio de Janeiro Botanical Gardens
Serra dos Orgaos National Park
Praia Seca
Arraial do Cabo
Cabo Frio

&b;Sao Paulo State&o;
Serra de Bocaina National Park
Folha Seca
Fazendas Angelim and Capricornio
Campos do Jordao
Biritiba Mirim
Salesopolis Wetland
Ilha do Cardoso
Porto Ferreira
Espirito Santo state&o;
Augusto Ruschi Biological Reserve (Nova Lombardia)
Santa Teresa
Linhares, Vale do Rio Doce Nature Reserve
Sooretama Biological Reserve
Fazenda Pindobas IV
Vargem Alta, Castelinho
Minas Gerais state&o;
Serra do Cipo
Lavras, Rio Bonito Ecological Park
Passos Wetland
Serra da Canastra National Park
Cachoeira do Cerrado
Ibitipoca State Park
Bandeira, Balbina forest (Reserva do Passarinho)

&b;The Birds of the Agulhas Negras area&o;
An illustrated field guide of the birds of the Agulhas Negras area
Species descriptions

Guide services
For further reading
Sound recordings
Useful contacts
A selection of web sites and useful trip reports
A checklist of the birds of South-East Brazil
Photograph and illustration information

About this book

Reviews (1)

Well meaning but out of date
By Hannah 21 Oct 2016 Written for Paperback

We brought this book for a two week trip to the Atlantic forests of SE Brazil (Oct 2016). We were disappointed when we arrived at one of the flagship sites (Portal del Bosque) and found it was closed to public access. Other information in the book was also out of date (e.g. the cafe at the top of Angulhas Negras road is closed), the distances between places were sometimes incorrect and the hand-drawn maps could be substantially improved. Other bits of the book may be helpful, but we rather lost trust in it after a wasted day in Penedo.

The most useful part of this book was the photographic guide to the birds – since the plates in the Van Perlo book are rather inadequate at times, the photos are really helpful.

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Juha Honkala is a nature surveying and conservation specialist, working in Finland. His special interest is the tropics, particularly rainforest wildlife, and from 2001-2004 he helped develop ecotourism projects in Brazil. Honkala is currently working in the Raptor monitoring program at the Finnish Museum of Natural History.

Seppo Niiranen works in the Bird Ringing Centre of the The Finnish Museum of Natural History and is also a bird ringer himself. After many years of serious birdwatching in Finland he decided to seek new horizons in faraway tropical lands. During a prolonged stay in Brazil he fell in love with Brazil and a Brazilian. Niiranen and his family are now living in Finland.

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