Macaé de Cima

Habitats: Montane Atlantic Forest
Duration: Full day, returning mid to late afternoon
Departure: 06:00
Journey time: 2 hours each way
What to take: Binoculars, camera, sunscreen, hat, insect repellent, water, sturdy walking boots, light fleece, and a waterproof jacket.
Useful info: Transport is via air-conditioned minibus. Please bring your passport with you on this excursion. A packed lunch is included in the excursion price.
Price: US$110 per person

A trip to look for endemic birds of the Atlantic Forest highlands.

Reserva Ecológica de Macaé de Cima lies near the city of Nova Friburgo and comprises an area of montane forest reaching an altitude of c.1,400 m. On this excursion we make several stops at various altitudes, with most of our time spent at this private reserve at the top of the mountain, known for the work of the late renowned orchid expert David Miller.

The forest here offers some of the easiest access to high altitude Atlantic Forest specialities, with most of the birding done from the access road. Reserva Ecológica de Macaé de Cima also has hummingbird feeders that provide excellent photographic opportunities of highland species.

Target species:

Plumbeous Pigeon
Brown-backed Parrotlet
Golden-tailed Parrotlet
Scale-throated Hermit
Plovercrest
White-throated Hummingbird
Brazilian Ruby
Amethyst Woodstar
Yellow-browed Woodpecker
Giant Antshrike
Tufted Antshrike
Rufous-backed Antvireo
Bertonis Antbird
Ochre-rumped Antbird
Dusky-tailed Antbird
Rufous Gnateater
Rufous-tailed (Brazilian) Antthrush
Black-billed Scythebill
Rufous-capped Spinetail
Pallid Spinetail
Red-eyed Thornbird
White-browed Foliage-gleaner
Buff-browed Foliage-gleaner
Buff-fronted Foliage-gleaner
White-collared Foliage-gleaner
Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper
Sharp-billed Treehunter
Drab-breasted Bamboo-Tyrant
Ochre-faced Tody-Flycatcher
Southern Bristle-Tyrant
Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet
Serra do Mar Tyrannulet
Shear-tailed Grey-Tyrant
Sharpbill
Hooded Berryeater
Bare-throated Bellbird
Black-and-gold Cotinga
Saffron-crested Tyrant-Manakin
Serra do Mar Tyrant-Manakin
Greenish Schiffornis
Rufous-crowned Greenlet
Chestnut-headed Tanager
Azure-shouldered Tanager
Bay-chested Warbling-Finch
Green-winged Saltator
White-browed Warbler

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Hooded Berryeater (© Nick Athanas)
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White-throated Hummingbird – endemic to the Atlantic Forest mountains (© Thor Ostbye)
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Rufous-backed Antvireo – Macaé de Cima is one of the best sites for this endemic highland specialist (© Leonardo Pimentel)
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Yellow-browed Woodpecker (© Leonardo Pimentel)