Birding in Brazil
It is the branch of ecotourism which is growing ...
... faster each year, thanks to a greater nature conservation awareness of people worldwide. It is estimated that there are around 80 million practitioners worldwide. A relaxing and safe activity which can be practiced by everyone and everywhere. Being really rewarding by generating great emotional well being, relieving the stress of modern cities.
The six brazilian biomes each one with its own peculiarities provides one of the richest avifauna of the world. We have over 1800 described bird species, representing 50% of all South America's bird species and 20% of all the world's avifauna! With over 222 occurring only here. And new species are still being discovered as in 2013 only, 15 new species have been discovered in the brazilian Amazon.
The huge diversity of birds makes Brazil one of the most popular destinations for birders from many different countries. Even in big cities like São Paulo it is possible to observe over one hundred species. Birds are also good environmental indicators, in other words, the presence or absence of certain species indicates the degree of conservation of a given region.
The preservation of natural ecosystems is now closely linked to environmental education as the very recognition of the natural environment in which we are inserted and the relationship with the native species.
Birdwatching unites science, leisure, economic activity and environmental education. Being a great tool in raising awareness about environmental preservation. Areas known and used by birdwatchers become so valued and protected by those visiting and also for those who live there. It also generates important income helping the sustainability of these regions.