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 »

Accommodation

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 1.5 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 »

About REGUA

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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 »

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13 hours ago

Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu

A birding group led by Igor Camacho visited Regua's wetlands as part of INEA's "Passarinhar" birding event which takes place on a monthly basis in all Rio de Janeiro's state parks. The highlights of the day were the sightings of red-ruffed fruitcrow (Pyroderus scutatus) and of giant cowbird (Molothrus oryzivorus). ... See MoreSee Less

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1 day ago

Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu

Brazil wood (Paubrasilia equinata) is a tree species belonging to the legume Fabaceae family, from which the country derives its name. Brazilwood was very abundant along coastal regions, but after heavy exploitation since colonization, the species has ended on the official list of endangered flora of Brazil. Brazilwood was used for the valuable crimson and deep purple dye employed in the manufacturing of luxury textiles in the 16th and 17th centuries in European countries. Ironically, this hardwood, known for its resonance is still used for making violin, viola and chello bows. The trees planted at REGUA are flowering for the first time. ... See MoreSee Less

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3 days ago

Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu

Uma vídeo curioso feito por drone de un Caiman Latirostris nos alagados da Reserva Ecológica do Guapiaçu.
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Agende sua visita, e venha se encantar com nossa fauna e flora.
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1 week ago

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1 week ago

Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu

INEA (State Environmental Agency) has been promoting the creation of private reserves since 2008. This successful government programme is the result of partnerships with groups from civil society that cooperated with the forging of RPPNs (Natural Heritage Private Reserves) as part of the National Parks Classification.
A wonderful book celebrating INEAs 10 years of support to biodiversity conservation- RPPN programme (10 Anos de Apoio a Conservacao da Biodiversidade-Programa Estadual de Reservas Particulares do Patrimonio Natural-RPPNs) was launched last week in Rio de Janeiro city. Land-owners, INEA authorities including RPPNs Programme staff, RJ State and Municipal government officials, RPPNs National Confederation and NGOs representatives were present at this event which emphasized the RPPNs relevance for biodiversity protection and the provision of ecosystem services. An estimated 80 % of Brazils Mata Atlantica biome is found in privately owned land. RPPNs owners are guardians of one of the most threatened forest ecosystems in the world.
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