Luciana Barcante, a masters student at Rio de Janeiro State University, has began a two year survey of hummingbirds at REGUA. The aim of the survey is to study hummingbird diversity from sea level up to 1,800 m, at 400-500 m altitudinal intervals. Lucinana and her team will be visiting REGUA once a month, using mist nets to identify and take measurements of hummingbirds caught. REGUA guide, Leonardo, is assisting with identification and banding. The first visit took place at the end of May on the Waterfall Trail and revealed some interesting records. Saw-billed Hermits were abundant, 2 Dusky-throated Hermits were caught (a very difficult species to see) and a Scale-throated Hermit was found at only 400 m (a very low altitude for this species).
Other species caught in the nets included Barred Forest-Falcon, Rufous-capped Motmot, Star-throated Antwren, Rufous-breasted Leaftosser, Planalto Woodcreeper and White-browed Foliage-gleaner.
More photos from the ringing sessions here.