Latest sightings

Male Giant Antshrike </em>Batara cinerea<em> at Macaé de Cima (&copy; Leonardo Pimentel)
Male Giant Antshrike Batara cinerea at Macaé de Cima (© Leonardo Pimentel)

Over the last few weeks we have been running a lot of birding excursions from the lodge, especially to Macaé de Cima and Pico da Caledônia for high altitude birds. Highlights from these trips include:

Macaé de Cima: Plovercrest, a very confiding pair of Giant Antshrikes right out in the open, Rufous-backed Antvireo, Rufous Gnateater, Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper, Sharp-billed Treehunter, Hooded Berryeater, Bare-throated Bellbird and Black-and-gold Cotinga.

Pico da Caledônia: Sightings of Grey-winged Cotinga on two consecutive trips, including one bird perched on a communications mast!, Plovercrest, White-throated Hummingbird, Yellow-browed Woodpecker, Large-tailed Antshrike, Rufous-tailed and Dusky-tailed Antbirds, Mouse-coloured Tapaculo showing well on the path, several Itatiaia Thistletail, Pallid Spinetail, Olivaceous and Highland Elaenias, White-crested Tyrannulet, Blue-billed Black-Tyrant, Velvety Black-Tyrant, Shear-tailed Grey-Tyrant, 6 Swallow-tailed cotingas, Bare-throated Bellbird, Black-and-gold Cotinga, Serra do Mar Tyrant-Manakin, Rufous-crowned Greenlet, Diademed and Brassy-breasted Tanagers, Bay-chested Warbling-Finch and Thick-billed Saltator.

Grey-winged Cotinga <em>Lipaugus conditus</em> at the summit of Pico da Caledônia (&copy; Leonardo Pimentel)
Grey-winged Cotinga Lipaugus conditus at the summit of Pico da Caledônia (© Leonardo Pimentel)