Clinging to a narrow strip of forest on the slopes of the Araripe Plateau in northern Brazil, the Araripe Manakin is one of the most endangered birds in the world. The Araripe Plateau occurs in the heart of the vast, semi-arid and drought stricken caatinga biome that dominates most of the landscape of northeastern Brazil.
With support from ABC, in the past few years Aquasis has created a reserve with lodging to help protect this important habitat. The Oasis Araripe Reserve serves as an essential refuge for other birds that specialize in this habitat, such as the Silvery-cheeked Antshrike, the White-browed Antpitta, and the Caatinga Antshrike. Another endemic species in the area, the Yellow-faced Siskin, benefits from the presence of the reserve. Aqausis has a photographic field guide to the birds of the Araripe area.
We recommend trying to visit the area with at least two good mornings in the two types of distinctive habitat, 1. the moist forest of the Oasis Araripe Reserve, and 2. the dry Caatinga bush of the flat top of the bluff.