Birdwatching in Yacutinga Rainforest Lodge

Enjoy a three night tour to enjoy and learn more about birds of the jungle
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Birds of the Jungle: Yacutinga lodge

Enjoy a unique 3-night birdwatching tour in rainforest lodge

The Interior Atlantic Forest offers a significant and astonishing diversity of birds. The bird list compiled for the Yacutinga Private Wildlife Reserve reaches nearly 300 species. This transforms this natural sanctuary into a paradise for birdwatchers, adding to it the excellent amenities provided by the dedicated service of Yacutinga Lodge.

Thus, a successful birding expedition is guaranteed due to these unique characteristics, environment, and visitor services, complemented by the experience and knowledge of the best Ornithological Guides in the area.

The location of the Yacutinga Wildlife Reserve belongs to the phytogeographic district of Palo Rosa (Aspidosperma polyneuron) and Palmito (Euterpe edulis). It is one of the areas with the greatest biodiversity in Argentina due to its peculiar characteristics, which generate a lush vegetation characterized by its warm climate, constant humidity, and the lack of dry seasons. These environmental conditions transform the area into a giant greenhouse teeming with life.

This is an evergreen forest, dense, and often impenetrable. The different vegetation strata become evident when traversing this intricate, surprising, and vibrant jungle. These vegetation levels in their structure provide shelter, food, and breeding sites for more than 295 bird species observed in the Yacutinga Private Reserve.

Some interesting and noteworthy birds in this privately managed conservation area include:

The Macuco, the Tataupa Chico, the Boat-billed Heron, the Tapicuru, the Criollo Duck, and the King Vulture. There is also the presence of several Accipitridae, some of them among the most powerful in America, such as the Black-and-chestnut Eagle, the Crested Eagle, and the more common Black Eagle, the Hook-billed Kite, and the summer migrants Plumbeous Kite and Swallow-tailed Kite. Moving silently during the tours, it is possible to encounter the Tiny Hawk, one of the smallest and rarest raptors in the world. Regarding the falcons, there are many, with the most common being the Southern Caracara, the Aplomado Falcon, and the Peregrine Falcon. Among the Cracids, two species stand out, the Yacutinga, seriously at risk of extinction in the area, and its cousin the Yacupoi, much easier to observe although in a serious population decline due to poaching.

Sometimes, a family of Hoatzins can be found foraging on the forest floor. While the Slaty-breasted Wood Rail is often seen on the edges of roads, especially when a storm or rain is approaching. Related to these gallinaceous birds, it is also possible to observe the Slaty-breasted Wood Rail near swamps and the Azure Gallinule.

There are several pigeons easy to observe during walks along the Reserve’s trails. From the very common Picazuro Pigeon to the very rare Violaceous Quail-Dove.

We cannot fail to mention the parrots, which with their colorful plumage and vocalizations stand out in this jungle environment. Flocks of Red-winged Tinamous, Green-cheeked Parakeets, and delicate Blue-winged Parrotlets fluttering in circles near the waterholes. As well as the Blue-fronted Parrot, typically seen in pairs, and the Scaly-headed Parrot, with its loud call while flying, are extremely distinctive birds in this environment.

At dusk, the strange call of some Cuckoos such as the Little and Greater Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoos can surprise us. Instead, the Squirrel Cuckoo is a very common bird in the Lodge’s public areas, with its branch-to-branch jumps and behavior, transporting us to the edge of time, reminding us of the Archaeopteryx.

Northeast Argentina is home to more than 17 different species of hummingbirds, with many of them inhabiting the Upper Iguazu River forest. The Black Jacobin and the Black-crested Coquette are easily distinguishable, although their identification in the dense vegetation can be very difficult.

This systematic list continues with the two Argentine Trogon species, the Blue-throated and the Yellow-breasted, both easy to find on the trails. The three most common Kingfishers for the area are the Ringed, Amazon, and Green, with only one record of the Pygmy Kingfisher for this Environmental Reserve.

The Yellow-legged Tinamou often sings at dawn and dusk in the Lodge’s garden, with its characteristic swinging of its notable tail.

All five Argentine toucans are present in this fantastic Private Reserve, with the Banana Toucan being the rarest. The Green-billed Toucan is surprisingly common, and the other three Toucans are frequently seen, especially the Chestnut-eared Toucanet.

The Great Antshrike is often found frequenting termite mounds at medium height within the foliage, and the use of its tail is very noticeable, somehow reminding us of Woodpeckers and Treecreepers.

There is a significant number of Woodpeckers, from the Little Woodpecker to the Great Woodpecker, and it is interesting to try



Arrival to the rainforest lodge

Pick up from your hotel in Puerto Iguazu, or Foz do Igauçu, or from any of the airports (IGR or IGU) and transfer to the meeting point.  From there, people from Yacutinga will transfer you to the lodge for check in.

The three-night program includes the following:

3 Nights of accommodation.
All meals (3 dinners + 2 lunches + 3 breakfasts).
Three daytime field trips, two afternoon outings, and two nighttime excursions.
coffee break


Birdwatching activities

Today, we will explore the rainforest to learn more about the birds of the jungle. Activities and meals included.


Birdwatching activities

Today, we will explore the rainforest to learn more about the birds of the jungle. Activities and meals included.


Transfer out

After breakfast, free time until your transfer to the meeting point. And from there, we will transfer you to the hotel in Puerto Iguazu, Foz do Iguaçu or any of the airports in the area (IGR and IGU)

What's Included

  • Transfer airpot to Yacutinga Lodge and back to the airport (or hotel)
  • Accomomdation with breakfast, lunch and dinners
  • Three day of activities with specialized birdwatching guides, english language
  • Tips
  • Other meals not detailed in the itinerary
  • Visits to Iguazu Falls (Argentina and Brazil Side). Book a pre or post tour to include the falls!

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