Birding at REGUA

REGUA is the premier birdwatching site in the Atlantic Forest – one of South America’s most biodiverse and endemic-rich biomes. Of the 930 bird species found in the Atlantic Forest, over 470 have been recorded at REGUA, including 62 Brazilian endemics, 118 species endemic to the Atlantic Forest and several species that can be considered REGUA specialities. Over 200 bird species have been recorded at our wetlands alone. More »



Our visitor lodge, built for birders and people interested in natural history, is located beside our wetlands with stunning views across the reserve and easy access to a network of marked trails that can be walked with or without a guide. The lodge is full board and equipped to a high standard with 10 en-suite rooms, a swimming pool, and an extensive natural history library. We also offer a transfer service to and from Rio de Janeiro located two hours away. More »

Birdwatching excursions

Join our birdwatching excursions from the lodge to a variety of Atlantic Forest habitats off-reserve, in search of over 100 species of birds not present at REGUA. The focus of our excursions is finding endemic Atlantic Forest birds including Restinga Antwren, Grey-winged Cotinga, Itatiaia Thistletail and Three-toed Jacamar. We also organise night-birding excursions to look for Giant Snipe, owls, potoos, nightjars and other nocturnal birds. More »


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With only 7% of the original forested area remaining, the Atlantic Forest of South America is one of the most threatened ecosystems on Earth, but also one the most biodiverse! REGUA protects over 9,000 hectares of forest and has the opportunity to purchase more land protect more forest, but we have to act fast as encroaching urbanisation is rapidly increasing land prices. Please support REGUA by making a donation. Donate »



Alguns pássaros da nossa excursão a Sumidouro - RJ. Fotos tiradas pelo voluntário Bob Wilcox.
Burnished-buff Tanager
Streamer-tailed Tyrant
Three-toed Jacamar
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Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu shared their Fire Fighting.. ... See MoreSee Less

When the weather is hot and dry, our forests are always at risk from fire. See how our dedicated team fight the latest threat to our young plantation.

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When the weather is hot and dry, our forests are always at risk from fire. See how our dedicated team fight the latest threat to our young plantation. ... See MoreSee Less

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Volunteer bird guides Kaitlin Murphy and Bob Wilcox are working hard helping Adilei and Cirilo with showing visitors the wonderful avifauna found at REGUA. Kaitlin and Bob are very keen birders and passionate environmentalists willing to donate their time for conservation. We are sure that their stay at REGUA will be of great value and we wish to thank them for all their help!

Kaitlin Murphy e Bob Wilcox são dois jovens voluntários americanos apaixonados pelas aves e pela conservação. Sua atuação aqui na Regua é auxiliar os nossos guias de aves Cirilo e Adilei mostrando as aves da Regua para o público dos "bird-watchers" vindos de diferentes partes do Brasil e do exterior. Desde já, muito obrigado pela sua presença e dedicação!
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Ever wonder what the loudest bird on Earth is? The outrageous Bare-throated Bellbird (Procnias nudicollis) is certainly a top contender! While hiking up the Green Trail here at REGUA, singing males can be heard from over a kilometer away! The call each male belts from his featherless blue-skinned throat sounds like a mallet striking an iron pipe, and echoes down the valley in rhythmic series. As we climb higher up the mountain trail, the boinks and bonks of competing males get louder and louder, but we can often only catch glimpses of them perched high in treetops. Today, volunteer bird guide Bobby found our lucky group front row seats to an ear-splitting performance by a young male singing close beneath the canopy. Bare-throated Bellbirds are endemic to the Atlantic Forest, found nowhere else on Earth. These large, fruit-loving passerines perform crucial seed dispersing services for many lowland and montane trees. Unfortunately, drastic logging of the Atlantic Forest for development, combined with illegal poaching for the caged-bird trade, has led to declining populations of this spectacular species and a Vulnerable designation by IUCN. But thanks to REGUA, the forest home of these contending males along the Green Trail is safe into the foreseeable future. And they can return the favor by dispersing their favorite fruit trees throughout the reserve, helping the forest to grow! --Kaitlin, volunteer bird guide. ... See MoreSee Less

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