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Of: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Ricardo Barbosa
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


I grew up in the countryside and started my passion for birds helping my father to take care of the aviary on our backyard.

At the age of 17 I moved to the big Rio de Janeiro city and graduated journalist in 1986. I fell in love with birding in 1996 when Tom and Heidi, my friends from Florida, sent me a pair of binoculars and a book of the Brazilian birds in 1996.

Since them I have explored every road and trail of the state of Rio de Janeiro and parts of Sao Paulo.

I have a page on Tripadvisor with some very nice reports from previous clients:

Area and hotspots

Few words about Southeast Brazil:
Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo states have some of the best hotspots for Atlantic forest birding in the southeast part of Brazil, including Itatiaia NP, Serra dos Org NP, Bocaina NP, Ubatuba, among others.

Places I guide:
Itatiaia national Park, Serra dos Org?os National Park, Tijuca national Park, Bocaina National Park, Angra dos Reis, Carmo, Sumidouro, Ubatuba, Campos do Jordao, Serra da Canastra.

Local birds
There are several Brazilian and Atlantic rain forest endemics at this part of Brazil, including Black-and-gold and Grey-winged Cotingas, various antbirds like Ferruginous, Rufous-tailed and White-bibbed, a good set of tanagers that includes Brazilian, Golden-chevroned, Olive-green, Azure-shouldered, Brassy-breasted, Gilt-edged and many more.

When not birding I work as a local guide for the city of Rio de Janeiro. Volleyball on the beach and cinema are my other passions.

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