Topic: “Birds from Brazil's Atlantic Forest” with Yamil Saenz
Description: Brazil, the fifth largest nation in the world, is one of the planet’s richest places for avian diversity and endemism. Among the distinctive Brazilian habitats, the Atlantic Forest also known as Mata Atlântica stands by itself. The incredibly large number of birds and different species is one of the most notable features of this region. The many distinct habitats harbor at least 927 bird species.
On September 2018, I organized a 12-day exploratory trip to this spectacular region. This South American forest extends along the Atlantic coast of Brazil from Rio Grande do Norte state to Rio Grande do Sul state, and inland as far as Paraguay and the Misiones Province of Argentina, where the region is known as Selva Misionera.
Despite having been deforested to the extent that only 7% of its original expanse remains, this forest still it is one of the most diverse biomes in the world and one of the most threatened.
During this trip, I visited several hotspots between "the Marvelous City" of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, the largest city in the western hemisphere. Surprisingly, I found more bird species here than in any of my previous trips to the Neotropics.
See the Bay Area Bird Photographers page for more information.