March sightings

Another great month for bird sightings with many guests seeing over 100 species a day!

4×4 Track to Casa Anibal: Guests enjoyed excellent views of a Hook-billed Kite (a rare bird here) as well as Saw-billed Hermit, Crescent-chested Puffbird, Spot-breasted Antvireo, Unicoloured Antwren, Rufous-winged Antwren, Black-cheeked Gnateater, Shrike-like Cotinga, Red-necked Tanager, Rufous-headed Tanager and Yellow-green Grosbeak.

Elfin Forest Trail: Least Pygmy-Owl, Buff-bellied Puffbird, Saffron Toucanet, Giant Antshrike, Tufted Antshrike, White-bearded Antshrike, Ferruginous Antbird, White-bibbed Antbird, Slaty Bristlefront, Rufous-breasted Leaftosser, White-browed, Ochre-breasted, Black-capped, Buff-fronted and White-eyed Foliage-gleaners, Pale-browed Treehunter and Brown Tanager.

Onofre Cunha: Limpkin, Striped Cuckoo, Tawny-browed Owl, Black-banded Owl, Saw-billed Hermit, Reddish Hermit, White-chinned Sapphire, Rufous-capped Motmot, Eye-ringed Tody-Tyrant, White-rumped Monjita, Long-billed Wren and Orange-bellied Euphonia.

São José Trail: Least Pygmy-Owl, Long-tailed Potoo, Saffron Toucanet, Tufted Antshrike, Salvadori’s Antwren, White-bibbed Antbird, Rufous-breasted Leaftosser, Black-billed Scythebill, Ochre-breasted, Black-capped, Buff-fronted and White-collared Foliage-gleaners and Shrike-like Cotinga.

Waldenoor: Black Hawk-Eagle, Crescent-chested Puffbird, Saffron Toucanet, Yellow-fronted Woodpecker, Blond-crested Woodpecker, White-bibbed Antbird, Bare-throated Bellbird, Shrike-like Cotinga, Azure-shouldered Tanager and Yellow-green Grosbeak.

Waterfall Trail: Brown Tinamou, White-necked Hawk, Black Hawk-Eagle, Saw-billed Hermit, Rufous-capped Motmot, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Crescent-chested Puffbird, Spot-billed Toucanet, Yellow-eared Woodpecker, Spot-breasted Antvireo, Unicoloured Antwren, Rufous-winged Antwren, Black-cheeked Gnateater, Eye-ringed Tody-Tyrant, Pin-tailed Manakin, White-thighed Swallow, Red-necked Tanager, Rufous-headed Tanager and Yellow-green Grosbeak.

Wetland, adjacent forest trails and Lodge garden: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Masked Duck, Rusty-margined Guan, Pied-billed Grebe, Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Russet-crowned Crake, Rufous-sided Crake, Ash-throated Crake, Blackish Rail, Plain-breasted Ground-Dove, 2 Scaled Dove (hot on the heals of REGUA’s first record back in December), Blue Ground-Dove, Pale-vented Pigeon, White-eyed Parakeet, Maroon-bellied Parakeet, Blue-winged Parrotlet, Orange-winged Parrot, Dark-billed Cuckoo, Biscutate Swift, Rufous-breasted Hermit, Reddish Hermit, Swallow-tailed Hummingbird, Violet-capped Woodnymph, White-chinned Sapphire, Glittering-throated Emerald, Brazilian Ruby at the Lodge feeders, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Crescent-chested Puffbird (in the Lodge garden), White Woodpecker, White-flanked Antwren, Hangnest Tody-Tyrant, Greenish Elaenia, Small-billed Elaenia, Bran-coloured Flycatcher, Lemon-chested Greenlet, Moustached Wren, Long-billed Wren, Black-capped Donacobius, Brazilian Tanager, an unusual (at this altitude) record of Brassy-breasted Tanager, Black-legged Dacnis (showing well in the Lodge garden) and Chestnut-vented Conebill.

Sightings on our excursions have included:

Macaé de Cima: Several Brown-backed Parrotlets, Pileated Parrot, Plovercrest, Brazilian Ruby, Black-throated Trogon, Saffron Toucanet, Giant Antshrike, Rufous-capped Antshrike, White-shouldered Fire-eye, White-throated Woodcreeper, Planalto Woodcreeper, Bare-throated Bellbird, Black-and-gold Cotinga, Sharpbill, Chestnut-headed Tanager, Fawn-breasted and Brassy-breasted Tanagers.

Pico da Caledônia: Dusky-legged Guan, Black Hawk-Eagle, Red-legged Seriema, Pale-vented Pigeon, Pileated Parrot, Plovercrest, White-eared Puffbird, Yellow-browed Woodpecker, Large-tailed Antshrike, Rufous-backed Antvireo, Rufous-tailed Antbird, Rufous Gnateater, Mouse-coloured Tapaculo, Rufous-capped Spinetail, Pallid Spinetail, White-collared Foliage-gleaner, Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper, Grey-capped Tyrannulet, Highland Elaenia, Serra do Mar Tyrannulet, Grey-winged Cotinga, Saffron-crested Tyrant-Manakin, Pin-tailed Manakin, Cinnamon, Chestnut-headed, Diademed and Brassy-breasted Tanagers and Bay-chested Warbling-Finch.

Grey-winged cotinga <em>Tijuca condita</em> (&copy; Leonardo Pimentel)
Grey-winged cotinga Tijuca condita (© Leonardo Pimentel)