The birds of Serra do Cipó

Hyacinth Visorbearer, Augastes scutatus. Foto: Guilherme H.S. Freitas

The birds of Serra do Cipó

Our most common route is done in two days, with two overnight stays. It allows spotting most endemic species from the highlands of Eastern Brazil. It takes place at Serra do Cipó and its surroundings, where the visitor finds many pleasant landscapes, and which is by far the best area for birding in Minas Gerais.

We will take care of your transportation from the International Airport of Belo Horizonte to the places of interest and back to the airport at the end of the birding tour. You can choose the kind of accommodation. Main meals and transport between birding places are included.

Please see below an example of routes available:


Day 0

Until 18h      Departure from Belo Horizonte | International Airport

20h              Arrival. Dinner and overnight at lodge.


Day 1

05h  Birding

Focus: Hyacinth Visorbearer Augastes scutatus, the newly discovered Cipo Cinclodes Cinclodes espinhacensis, Cipo Canastero Asthenes luizae, Gray-backed Tachuri Polystictus superciliaris, Pale-throated Serra-Finch Embernagra longicauda. Others include: Velvety Black-Tyrant Knipolegus nigerrimus

12h  Lunch

13h  Departure

14h30  Birding

Focus: Chestnut-capped Foliage-gleaner Hylocryptus rectirostris, Helmeted Manakin Antilophia galeata.  Others include: Rufous-fronted Thornbird Phacellodomus rufifrons, Streamer-tailed Tyrant Gubernetes yetapa, Gray-headed Tanager Lanio penicillatus

19h  Dinner

21h  Overnight at lodge


Day 2

04h30  Departure from lodge

05h30  Birding

Focus: Marsh Tapaculo Scytalopus iraiensis, Sharp-tailed Tyrant Culicivora caudacuta,   Lesser Grass-Finch Emberizoides ypiranganus, Long-tailed Reed Finch Donacospiza albifrons.   Others include: Large-tailed Antshrike Mackenziaena leachii, Yellow-rumped Marshbird Pseudoleistes guirahuro, Rock Tapaculo Scytalopus petrophilus

10h    Birding

Focus: Such’s Antthrush Chamaeza meruloides, Ochre-rumped Antbird Drymophila   ochropyga, Robust Woodpecker Campephilus robustus, Surucua Trogon Trogon surrucura

13h  Lunch

14h30  Birding

Focus: Cinereous Warbling-Finch Poospiza cinerea, Blue Finch Porphyrospiza caerulescens, Black-throated Saltator Saltatricula atricollis. Others include: White-rumped Tanager Cypsnagra hirundinacea, Horned Sungem Heliactin bilophus, Checkered Woodpecker Veniliornis mixtus, Rufous-winged Antshrike Thamnophilus torquatus

18h  Return to Belo Horizonte/International Airport

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Pedreiro-do-espinhaço, Cinclodes espinhacensis. Foto: G.H.S. Freitas


Itinerary variations

1,5 field day, 1 overnight

3 field days, 3 overnights


If your schedule and goals do not fit the itinerary described above, there is no reason for concern. Please check below some possibilities that we can offer you at Serra do Cipó.

Contact us, and tell us your expectations. We are looking forward to plan the best route for you.


Hotspots for birding at Serra do Cipó, grouped by biome



➵ Rufous-fronted Thornbird Phacellodomus rufifrons, Chestnut-capped Foliage-gleaner Hylocryptus rectirostris, Streamed-tailed Tyrant Gubernetes yetapa, Helmeted Manakin Antilophia galeata, Horned Sungem Heliactin bilophus, Firewood Gatherer Anumbius annumbi, Blue Finch Porphyrospiza caerulescens, Cinereous Warbling-Finch Poospiza cinerea, White-rumped Tanager Cypsnagra hirundinacea, Hepatic Tanager Piranga flava

✔ Difficulty: easy

★ Published species list: Rodrigues et al. 2005



Pale-throated Serra Finch, Embernagra longicauda. Foto: Guilherme H.S. Freitas


Campo Rupestre + Cerrado

➵ Horned Sungem Heliactin bilophus, Firewood Gatherer Anumbius annumbi, possibility of the endemics to the mountains of eastern Brazil: Hyacinth Visosbearer Augastes scutatus, Cipo Cinclodes Cinclodes espinhacensis, Cipo Canastero Asthenes luizae, Gray-backed Tachuri Polystictus superciliaris, Pale-throated Serra-Finch Embernagra longicauda

✔ Difficulty: medium-hard

★ Published species list: Costa & Rodrigues 2012


Sharp-tailed Tyrant, Culicivora caudacuta. Foto: Guilherme H.S. Freitas


Campo Rupestre + Atlantic Rainforest

➵ Endemics to the mountains of Eastern Brazil + Rufous-winged Antwren Herpsilochmus rufimarginatus and White-shouldered Fire-Eye Pyriglena leucoptera, Rufous-breasted Leaftosser Sclerurus scansor, Marsh Tapaculo Scytalopus iraiensis, Lesser Grass-Finch Emberizoides ypiranganus, Long-tailed Reed Finch Donacospiza albifrons, Such’s Antthrush Chamaeza meruloides, Ochre-rumped Antbird Drymophila ochropyga, Large-tailed Antshrike Mackenziaena leachii, Robust Woodpecker Campephilus robustus, Gray-breasted Sabrewing Campylopterus largipennis, Surucua Trogon Trogon surrucura, Rock Tapaculo Scytalopus petrophilus

✔ Difficulty: medium-hard

★ Published species list: Rodrigues et al. 2011


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