Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest July 2022

Brazil is a vast and truly fantastic country to explore with one of the highest bird lists on the planet. Whilst many people will be aware of the impressive number of species in Amazonia, the forests of the Atlantic coasts are less well known, despite being home to many endemics. Although much of these forests have been lost, there are places where they remain and one of the best refuges is the Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu (or REGUA for short) which lies just 50 miles North of Rio.

Established in 2001, REGUA owns and administers an area of more than 18,000 acres with the stated objective ‘to provide protection from hunting and exploitation of forest products.’ This non-profit organisation is actively engaged in tropical forest restoration including the planting of over 140,000 trees.

 

The Guapiaçu Bird Lodge offers comfortable accommodation run by welcoming and well-informed staff and with a superb variety of habitats right on its doorstep. As a single-centre tour, there can few places better located to observe the plethora of Atlantic rainforest birds with the list currently standing at a remarkable 460 species!  In the lowland rainforest and wetlands, specialities such as Giant Snipe, Brazilian Tanager and the tiny Yellow-lored Tody-Flycatcher can be seen, whilst in the Serra dos Orgãos mountains, many of the species that are endemic to southeast Brazil can be found including Green-crowned Plovercrest (a fancy hummingbird) and two very special cotingas, the appropriately named Black-and-gold and extremely rare and elusive Grey-winged.

 

Walking the forest trails, birds can come thick and fast, as restless feeding flocks pass through the trees, bringing with them a good number of the Atlantic Forest endemics. There are also a fabulous array of hummingbirds and tanagers with Rufous-breasted Hermit, Black Jacobin and the endemic Brazilian Ruby buzzing and darting around like insects, whilst dazzling Brassy-breasted and Red-necked Tanagers will draw gasps of disbelief.

 

Generally, the species vary according to altitude, so during our stay we will include trips which go a little further afield to ensure we encounter as wide a cross-section of birds as possible. Rufous-thighed Kite, Crescent-chested Puffbird, Slaty Bristlefront, Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper, Rufous-capped Motmot, Pin-tailed Manakin and Spot-billed Toucanet are among the specialities we hope to find. At the end of each exciting day in the field, we return to our lovely lodge for a fine meal and the chance to relax with a refreshing lime Caipirinha, the traditional Brazilian cocktail.

 

Limosa has been operating bird tours to Brazil since 1998 and our July 2022 tour will be our 25th visit to this amazing destination for birding. Our July 2022 tour will be led by David Walsh, making his third visit to REGUA.

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