Recent sightings

June and July saw some excellent birds recorded around the reserve including a new species for REGUA – Grey-bellied Spinetail. Highlights include:

4×4 Track to Casa Anibal: Black Hawk-Eagle, Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle, Bat Falcon, Saw-billed Hermit, Crescent-chested Puffbird, Blond-crested Woodpecker, Spot-backed Antshrike, Sooretama Slaty Antshrike, Unicoloured Antwren, Rufous-winged Antwren, Scaled Antbird, Black-cheeked Gnateater, Eye-ringed Tody-Tyrant, Bare-throated Bellbird, Red-necked Tanager, Gilt-edged Tanager (a very good record for such a low altitude), Rufous-headed Tanager and Yellow-green Grosbeak.

Elfin Forest and Grey Trails: Least Pygmy-Owl, Buff-bellied Puffbird, Saffron Toucanet, Giant Antshrike, Tufted 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, Russet-winged Spadebill and Brown Tanager.

Lodge garden: Rusty-margined Guan, Collared Forest-Falcon, Blue-winged Parrotlet, Orange-winged Parrot, Biscutate Swift, Rufous-breasted Hermit, Reddish Hermit, Brazilian Ruby, Crescent-chested Puffbird, Channel-billed Toucan, White Woodpecker and Black-legged Dacnis. Crab-eating Foxes also continue to visit the garden.

Crab-eating Fox <em>Cerdocyon thous</em> (&copy; Leonardo Pimentel)
Crab-eating Fox Cerdocyon thous (© Leonardo Pimentel)

Onofre Cunha: Guests joining our pre-dawn excursions to this forest fragment have had excellent views of Tawny-browed Owl and Black-banded Owl, however, Giant Snipe continue to be elusive with birds only being heard. Limpkin, Striped Cuckoo, White-chinned Sapphire, Rufous-capped Motmot and Eye-ringed Tody-Tyrant are amongst the other birds seen here.

São José Trail: Shrike-like Cotinga are still present along the beginning of this trail, along with Giant Antshrike, Sooretama Slaty Antshrike, White-bibbed Antbird, Black-capped, Buff-fronted and White-collared Foliage-gleaners, Southern Antpipit, Bare-throated Bellbird and Red-ruffed Fruitcrow.

Waldenoor and Veludo Trail: White-necked and Mantled Hawks, Black Hawk-Eagle, Frilled Coquette, White-eared and Crescent-chested Puffbirds, Saffron Toucanet, Black-necked Aracari, Yellow-fronted and Blond-crested Woodpeckers, Tufted Antshrike, Unicoloured Antwren, White-bibbed Antbird, Rufous Gnateater, Spotted Bamboowren (showing regularly), Grey-bellied Spinetail (new for REGUA), Ochre-faced Tody-Flycatcher, White-crested Tyrannulet, Euler’s Flycatcher, Tropical Pewee, Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Bare-throated Bellbird, Green-backed Becard, Chestnut-crowned Becard, Black-capped Becard, Olive-green Tanager, Azure-shouldered Tanager, Brassy-breasted Tanager, Uniform Finch and Yellow-green Grosbeak.

White-crested Tyrannulet <em>Serpophaga subcristata</em> (&copy; Leonardo Pimentel)
White-crested Tyrannulet Serpophaga subcristata (© Leonardo Pimentel)
Black-capped Becard <em>Pachyramphus marginatus</em> (&copy; Leonardo Pimentel)
Black-capped Becard Pachyramphus marginatus (© Leonardo Pimentel)

Waterfall Trail: Brown Tinamou, White-necked Hawk, Black Hawk-Eagle, White-eyed Parakeet, Least Pygmy-Owl, Saw-billed Hermit, Rufous-capped Motmot, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Crescent-chested Puffbird, Spot-billed Toucanet, Spot-backed Antshrike, Sooretama Slaty Antshrike, Spot-breasted Antvireo, Salvadori’s Antwren, Unicoloured Antwren, Scaled Antbird, Black-cheeked Gnateater, Rufous-capped Antthrush, Swallow-tailed Cotinga, Grey-hooded Attila, Bare-throated Bellbird, Pin-tailed Manakin, White-thighed Swallow and Gilt-edged Tanager.

Wetland and adjacent forest trails: 6 Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Masked Duck, Rusty-margined Guan, Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Pinnated Bittern, Capped Heron , Great Black-Hawk (the third record for REGUA), Russet-crowned Crake, Rufous-sided Crake, Ash-throated Crake, Blackish Rail, Orange-winged Parrot, Striped Cuckoo, Biscutate Swift, Rufous-breasted Hermit, White-chinned Sapphire, Brazilian Ruby, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Channel-billed Toucan, Black-necked Aracari (the second record for REGUA), White Woodpecker, Yellow-eared Woodpecker, Rufous-capped Antshrike, White-flanked Antwren, Wing-banded Hornero, Greenish Elaenia, White-crested Tyrannulet, Bran-coloured Flycatcher, Rusty-margined Flycatcher, Lemon-chested Greenlet, Moustached and Long-billed Wrens, Black-capped Donacobius, Yellow-legged Thrush, Fawn-breasted, Green-headed and Rufous-headed Tanagers, Black-legged Dacnis and Hooded Siskin.

Pinnated Bittern <em>Botaurus pinnatus</em> (&copy; Adilei Carvalho da Cunha)
Pinnated Bittern Botaurus pinnatus (© Adilei Carvalho da Cunha)
Capped Heron <em>Pilherodius pileatus</em> (&copy; Leonardo Pimentel)
Capped Heron Pilherodius pileatus (© Leonardo Pimentel)
Black-necked Aracari <em>Pteroglossus aracari</em> (&copy; Adilei Carvalho da Cunha)
Black-necked Aracari Pteroglossus aracari (© Adilei Carvalho da Cunha)
Hooded Siskin <em>Spinus magellanicus</em> (&copy; Adilei Carvalho da Cunha)
Hooded Siskin Spinus magellanicus (© Adilei Carvalho da Cunha)