Come birding at REGUA

REGUA is the premier site for birding 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 species 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 »


Stay at our lodge

Our visitor lodge, set up for people interested in natural history, is located next to our wetlands with stunning views across the reserve and easy access to a network of marked trails that can be walked with or without one our bird guides. 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 »

Join a birdwatching excursion

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 Atlantic Forest endemics 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 and other nocturnal birds. More »


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Make a donation to REGUA

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 »



Nosso jardim de Orquídeas na Pousada.
Sua transformação.
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Adilei walked the Yellow trail around the wetlands in April and took this splendid image of the Sungrebe (Heliornis fuluca) that has been a regular sighting at REGUA since June 2016. Almost an entire year has passed with a pair regularly seen on the wetlands, so they could be hiding, breeding or even looking after their young. According to literature this species has a unique feature, a small under their wings in which they are able to carry their young, even in flight. Though a species of least concern (IUCN Red data list), many birders from Rio de Janeiro were visiting and keen to photograph it. Very little is known of their habits so we can hope they will be back in the near future. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Pale breasted Spinetail (Synallaxis albescens) is a bird one wouldn’t normally find in the Atlantic Rainforest, as he is more associated with Central Brazil, the Cerrado. Maybe this Funarid knows about Global weather change for he can be seen on the edge of the Guapiaçu Ecological Reserve in open grasslands. This Spinetail is not common but it was a first for Adilei who was content to add to his own list.

O Uí-pi (Synallaxis albescens) é um pássaro que não se encontra normalmente na mata Atlântica, ele é encontrado no Brasil central, no cerrado. Talvez este pássaro esteja a par da mudança do clima global, por esta razão pode ser visto na borda da reserva ecológica Guapiaçu em campos abertos. Este Uí-pi não é comum, mas foi o primeiro para Adilei que se contentou ao adicionar lo à sua própria lista.
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On May 27th, a group of 40 Rio de Janeiro based Huawei Technologies´s engineers visited Regua to plant trees and walk in the wetlands.
The group arrived in the morning, had a very nice breakfast and the planned activities started! We visited the nursery and had an explanation by Mauricio on the planting process. We made our way to the selected planting area and they were all thrilled to start with the planting! After that, we all enjoyed a delicious barbecue and some exciting ping-pong games!
Thank you Marcio and Wesley for your visit and we hope you can make it back!
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World Land Trust and their Ambassador Helen Glover support REGUA. Great film of Nicholas and Raquel in the Olympic Forest. ... See MoreSee Less

One year on from launching the Olympic Forest Appeal, Nicholas Locke from Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu takes us through the now protected Olympic Forest Reserve, and our Olympic ambassador Helen Glover thanks everyone who made it possible. Read the latest field report from the Olympic Forest here:

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