Serra dos Tucanos Birding Tours

Atlantic Rain Forest - South East Brazil

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Serra dos Tucanos is a small lodge within the 58,790ha Tres Picos State Park in the heart of the Atlantic rain forest, south-east Brazil. Serra dos Tucanos was the first dedicated birding lodge established in the Atlantic rain forest back in 2002. Previously a large family home Serra dos Tucanos Lodge was extensively refurbished and now caters specifically for birdwatchers, naturalists and those who just want to experience the Atlantic rain forest. Together with large landscaped gardens, the lodge has two rivers winding through the grounds and an array of flowering and fruiting trees and plants that attract a wealth of fauna.

Serra dos Tucanos Lodge © Cristina Foster

The lodge offers comfortable accommodation for up to 14 people, making it small enough not to interfere with the surrounding environment and to be managed in such a way that guests feel like they are staying at a true home from home. As the lodge is surrounded by forest, the flora and fauna in the gardens alone is quite spectacular. But for those wishing to explore further we have a number of trails within the grounds that offer a variety of walks and excellent opportunities to search for various species of birds. In the 50 acre grounds of the lodge we have recorded 217 species, of which 69 are Atlantic forest endemics! This makes Serra dos Tucanos Lodge the prime location in which to stay in the Atlantic rain forest. The grounds also have a number of bird tables, feeding stations and hummingbird feeders, which offer a chance to see a number of species close-up, this together with our specially built photo hide offers guests superb opportunities for photographing some of our rare and colourful endemics.

Spot-billed Toucanet taken in the lodge grounds © Alan Jones

Serra dos Tucanos Lodge is owned and managed by Andy and Cristina Foster. Andy has been birding in Brazil since 1995 and has an excellent knowledge of the birds around the lodge and local area. Born and raised in the UK, Andy worked at Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve on the south coast where he was responsible for the biological recording for the site. Originally from Romania, Cristina moved to the UK in 1990 where she later graduated with a degree in Business and Tourism from Canterbury.

Green-headed Tanager© Andy Foster

During the past 13 years we have gained a wealth of knowledge of the local birds including calls, seasonal movements, breeding sites and stake outs for particularly sought after species. Having spent countless hours in the field we are extremely knowledgeable and experienced in ensuring that our guests have a great time and see numerous species of birds, including many of the rarities and endemics. You can either come to Serra dos Tucanos independently or join one of the many well known bird tour operators that now chose to stay with us.

Serra dos Tucanos Lodge © Cristina Foster

Located close to a road, Serra dos Tucanos Lodge offers very easy access to all of the local birding sites and is just one and a half hours drive from the International airport in Rio de Janeiro. Great birding, stunning surroundings, comfortable accommodation, easy access and friendly staff make it the best location from which to explore the wealth of flora and fauna of the Atlantic rain forest.

Brazilian Tanager taken from the photo hide at the lodge © Ron Brown

Serra Antwren © Stuart Elsom

Yellow-lored Tody Flycatcher © Gary Bellingham

                          Serra dos Tucanos Lodge is proud to be a Corporate Sponsor of the Neotropical Bird Club.

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