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 »



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An eminent group of European dragonfly specialists converged at REGUA early this year to see their beloved species under Tom Kompier's professional guiding from the Netherlands. Tom (dressed in the National garb above) has visited Regua regularly for the last 10 years. He has written and published the wonderful " Dragonflies and Damsels of the Serra dos Órgãos" field guide with an amazing 204 species, one of which is new for science and will be named after REGUA!
Thanks for visiting REGUA and we hope hosting in a near future!
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É com imenso prazer que lhes apresentamos o " Scar ". Ele é um Puma (Puma concolor) que vive nas matas da Reserva Ecológica De Guapiaçu - REGUA. Recebeu o nome pois apenas tem um olho com visão, o outro desconfiamos que perdeu em uma luta com outro Puma ou com uma presa.
Desde 2017 ele está aparecendo nas filmagens das câmeras do André Lanna, que faz a Pós-Graduação em Ecologia na UFRJ e com campo aqui na reserva. No vídeo podemos ver ele saudável e calmo.
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