Brazil Birding Experts is a Brazilian based company specialized in Birding Tours all around the country, including the many Amazonian Endemism Centers, the Pantanal, the exuberant Southeast and not to forget, the one and only Northeast Brazil. It all started when Ciro Albano did his first guiding trip in 2006. Not much later, he founded “NE Brazil Birding”, and continued providing the best services and breathtaking “Northeast Brazil experiences” to his clients. After a few years officially in the market, Ciro’s agenda started to get busy. In the year of 2015, Ciro trusted his first clients to Caio Brito who started helping Ciro with his “excess of quota”. After a few years, Caio had already provided a few successful tours. Like Ciro and Caio, who are good friends and started working together in partnership, they also have many friend ornithologists who are true experts in the many regions of Brazil. With the urge and will to deliver the best services for birders around the world in the many regions of Brazil, Ciro and Caio joined together and founded Brazil Birding Experts, who will also rely on the services of Brazilian friends: Expert Birders. Although the company was only officially founded in 2018, Ciro has been guiding since 2006, and Caio since 2014. Before the company was even open, Tatiana Pongiluppi joined the team to give an essential hand with customized itinerary planning, logistics and guiding, mainly in the Southeast.
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Ciro Albano was born and grew up in Fortaleza, capital of the state of Ceará in the heart of the Caatinga Biome. Throughout his childhood, he would often visit the countryside accompanying his father, a nature photographer, and this inevitably turned him into a nature enthusiast. This passion made Ciro choose to study biology at university, and to specialize in birds has been his natural choice ever since. In 2003, Ciro joined the NGO Aquasis to work with bird research and conservation.
For five years he was a team member and one of the founders on the Conservation Projects of two critically endangered species – the Araripe Manakin and the Grey-breasted Parakeet. Ciro’s skill at identifying bird calls and his wide knowledge of the birds of North-eastern Brazil drew the attention of other Brazilian ornithologists and birding guides, and in 2006 Edson Endrigo and Ricardo Parrini contacted him to suggest he should lead tours in the Northeast. By that time, he had already fallen in love with birding and since that he never stops leading Tours.
He is also a bird photographer and enthusiastic for bird recordings, with photos published in several important publications as the HBW, he’s author or co-author of several scientific paper on birds. One of Ciro’s greatest discoveries is a yet unnamed new bird species to science, of the genus Myiornis ( Pygmy-Tyrant ), that is under the process of description.
Since Ciro spends most of his time in the field, his knowledge of local birds here is incomparable, so that trips he organizes to all and any sites in the Northeast and nearby areas are truly unforgettable.
Specialty: Northeast Brazil
Also guides: Southeast and some parts of the Amazon
Caio Brito was born in Fortaleza, Ceará in 1989, Caio Brito graduated in Biological Sciences in 2012 from the State University of Ceará. That same year, he decided to go on a motorcycle journey through Brazil. The purpose of his trip was to record the largest possible number of bird species and see in practice the biogeographical aspects of Brazil. This trip resulted in a book published in 2014 entitled ”Um Caderno e Uma Moto: narrativas de uma viagem” (direct translation: A Notebook and A Motorcycle: narrative of a journey).
His passion for birds, many might say, had a late start and it was only in the end of 2011 that he began birdwatching, however, hasn’t stopped traveling throughout Brazil studying the birds in nature (focusing especially in bird songs and calls) ever since. Under the very good influence of Ciro Albano, to study the bird songs and calls has been a “must” since the beginning of his birding days. He has already guided a few big Tours through the Northeast, Amazon and Tocantins that have turned out to be very successful journeys.
Caio has a Master’s Degree in Zoology and is a fluent English speaker (6-year-experience living in the United States).
Specialty: Northeast Brazil
Also guides: Southeast and some parts of the Amazon
Tatiana Pongiluppi was born in São Paulo, one of the most biodiverse states of Brazil, with exuberant patches of Atlantic Forest. And it was in this environment that Tatiana began birding in the year of 2004, when she was still an undergraduate student.
In 2007, she started working in SAVE Brasil (Birdlife International in Brazil), where she began traveling to many parts of the country acting for bird conservation in local communities and carrying out bird surveys. All of this time in the field gave her well-trained ears and it is the identification of bird songs that really gets Tatiana’s attention.
Tatiana passionately worked for years connecting people, environment, culture and birds while leading citizen science projects. She pursued her master’s degree on biodiversity in protected areas in 2017. Currently, she applies all of these skills and knowledge to work on logistics to provide the best experience for birding tourists in Brazil.
Specialty: Southeast Brazil
Also guides: Pantanal and some parts of the Northeast
Gabriel Leite graduated in biology, worked with Kaempfer’s Woodpecker in the state in Tocantins during his master’s degree and carried out researches about the Wattled Currasow in the Brazilian Amazon during his PhD. He lives in Manaus since 2010, one of the Hotspots for birdwatching in Brazil and has already made several expeditions through the Brazilian Amazon, going to remote places and finding rare species of the region where he guides since 2015. His biggest passion is to record bird songs and has over 1200 Brazilian bird species recorded.
Xeno-canto profile: https://www.xeno-canto.org/contributor/TGBFXDVERJ
Specialty: Western Brazilian Amazon
André Grassi is from Frutal/MG and started to get interested in birds in the Biology undergraduate program at the Goiás State University (UEG), where he did research on reproductive behavior and the diet of Amazonian Motmot nestlings.
He received his Master’s degree diploma from the Federal University of Tocantins (UFT), researching the distribution and habitat use of Kaempfer’s Woodpecker, a species that was recently rediscovered.
André Grassi is currently a birdwatching guide and environmental consultant, doing survey and monitoring of birds. Since 2010 he travels all over the country with the sole purpose of observing and studying this beautiful and rich group; birds.
Specialty: Central Brazil
Born in Potengi (Ceará) in 1983, Bob always had contact with Caatinga and the birds that inhabit the biome since childhood. In 2010 he graduated in Biology from the Regional University of Cariri – Ceará. He worked for 10 years with Cultura Popular (Popular Culture) in the town of Potengi and had birdwatching as a hobby. He was a volunteer at the Araripe Manakin Conservation Project, where he had more contact with Ornithology. Under the influence of Weber Girão and Ciro Albano, he began his activities as a Birdwatching guide in 2013, dedicating his knowledge and efforts to the Caatinga birds. In 2017 he created a way of welcoming his many clients (specially brazilian): Sítio Pau Preto, a family farm that was transformed into a pousada and reserve specially designated for birdwatchers.
Specialty: State of Ceará
Carlos Gussoni is an ornithologist with Phd in Zoology, that worked with natural history of the Restinga Tyrannulet in the states of São Paulo and Paraná for almost 10 years. He lives in the countryside of São Paulo and is currently studying the biology of a Critically Endangered species of Chachalaca (Ortalis remota). He is a birder since he was 11 years old and has travelled birding in 21 of the 26 Brazilian states. In his expeditions, he has already observed 1229 species in Brazilian territory, giving him a wide knowledge on the Brazilian avifauna. In the southeast, there is nothing that goes unnoticed by Carlo’s ears.
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Specialty: Southeast Brazil
Pablo Cerqueira was born in Teresina, capital of Piauí state in 1989, and grew up traveling from a big town to a little city in the south of the Piauí in middle to the Caatinga and Cerrado environments during his school holidays. Since childhood was very curious to know about animals who observed in the nature, in the undergraduate naturally chose study Biology to specialize in birds.
At the end of undergraduate course, Pablo moved to the Belém city in 2012, to study Zoology focusing in evolution and biogeography of Neotropical birds, during his Master’s degree has worked with Phylogeography and interspecific limits of the polytypic Black-billed Thrush (Turdus ignobilis). Currently working on a PhD. thesis focusing in the evolution patterns of endemic birds of the Caatinga biome also in the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi, Pará.
Pablo has ten years of field experience participating and organizing expeditions to many places in the Amazon, Caatinga dry forests and Cerrado with special interest in explore remote regions. During the Master’s degree Pablo observed that East of Pará state is virtually unexplored for birding in Belém Area of Endemism and decide organize tours focusing in rare and endemic birds of Pará state, Ciro was one of the people that encouraged this initiative. Currently, Pablo offers birding tours for all areas of endemism in the state of Pará and adjacent biomes in Maranhão and Piauí states, accounting for over 1,000 species.
He is an enthusiastic wildlife photographer and sound record contributor on Macaulay Library Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Specialty: Central and Eastern Amazon
Also guides: Western Amazon, Cerrado and Caatinga from Piauí and Maranhão.
Fernando Farias is from Florianópolis (Santa Catarina), the place where he was born and developed his interest for birds, even before starting his undergraduate studies. During his undergraduate years he was involved in many studies with avifauna and his final year project was a comparison between birds of Santa Catarina Island (Florianópolis) and the near mainland. In 2018 he finished his Master’s degree in State University of Londrina (UEL) studying the pattern of richness and composition of birds along an altitudinal gradient in Santa Catarina.
He is passionate about traveling and discovering different landscapes, especially for birding and wildlife photography. He has visited many Brazilian biomes: Amazon forest, Pantanal, Caatinga and Mata Atlantica. He has also visited Patagônia, Pampas and Yungas during a road trip in Argentina and Atacama in Chile.
He is also the author of “Aves da Estação Ecológica de Carijós”, a bird guide of a conservation unit in Florianópolis.
With vast experience with birds of South Brazil, he works as a birdwatching guide in the region since 2014.
Specialty: South Brazil
Bruno is from Resende, state of Rio de Janeiro, at the foot of the beautiful Itatiaia National Park. During his school holidays he traveled to the interior of Minas Gerais, at the home of his grandparents, in the confines of the Serra da Mantiqueira and since his childhood was an active and obsessed birder.
His passion for birds led him to study biology at the university, with a focus on ornithology. Bruno is a true field ornithologist and enjoys natural history, biogeography, conservation, and bird vocalizations. He has a keen ear for bird sounds and deep knowledge of Brazilian bird vocalizations, which has led him to make a number of significant discoveries in the environment, such as a possible new Oropendola species recorded in the Amazon region of Mato Grosso state.
Since 1998 he travels regularly throughout Brazil and has observed birds in almost every state of his country. He is a nature photographer and sound recorder, and has compiled an extensive collection of photos and sounds with over 1300 species of Brazilian birds, including many rare, endemic and endangered species. In 2012 he was a member of the team that represented Brazil in the first World Birding Rally Challenge held in Peru.
Bruno’s love for birdwatching and his enthusiasm in the field is contagious, and he loves to share these experiences with other birders, appreciating the challenges of searching for rarities and target birds.
Bruno lives with his wife and young son in Itajubá, in the Mantiqueira mountains, in the south of Minas Gerais, between two of the most beautiful birding areas in southeastern Brazil, Campos do Jordão and Itatiaia National Park.