One of the species everyone anticipates on REGUA’s excursion to Mt Caledonia is the Half collared Sparrow, or Pectoral Sparrow (Arremon taciturnis).
This stunning Sparrow is not an endemic to the Atlantic Rainforest for it occurs in the Amazon basin, but here in Rio state it can be seen only in the mountain regions of the Serra do Mar.
Its typical high pitched “bis-bist” gives it away and play-back can draw it in. From then on, it flies quickly around the birder perching occasionally on an open branch to help the photographer.
When that happens one can glimpse its exceptional colours and beauty – What a gem!!