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 »



Flocks of Maroon-bellied Parakeets, endemic to the Atlantic Forest, are common in the lodge garden, visiting the fruit feeders daily. (Photo by Alan Martin) ... See MoreSee Less

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Started in 2004, the aim of the Young Ranger programme is to raise awareness for the conservation of the Atlantic Forest in the upper Guapiaçú watershed. Young people attend from the surrounding villages and since the programme started, the Young Rangers have participated in a wide variety of activities. ... See MoreSee Less

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White-flanked Antwren (this one a male) is one of the many forest interior bird species that have moved back into the previously felled areas around the lodge as the trees we have planted have become more mature. (Photo by Alan Martin) ... See MoreSee Less

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White-bellied Tanager (or mexicana race of Turquoise Tanager depending on the taxonomy followed) is an uncommon species of the Atlantic Forest lowlands. This photo was taken on the Waterfall Trail. (Photo by Lee Dingain) ... See MoreSee Less

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You cannot beat the views from the tower hide,opened earlier this year and situated near to the lodge. ... See MoreSee Less

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