December and January are the hottest and most humid months in the Atlantic Forest Lowlands. In January we close the lodge and many of our staff take time off for their holidays. Not our ever observant bird guide Adilei however, he had other plans – more birding around the reserve! Highlights include:
Brown and Tataupa Tinamous, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Masked Duck, Rusty-margined Guan, Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Capped Heron, White-necked Hawk, Black Hawk-Eagle, Chimango Caracara (only the second record for REGUA at the wetland!), Barred Forest-Falcon, Limpkin, Russet-crowned Crake, Rufous-sided Crake, Ash-throated Crake, Blackish Rail, Giant Snipe, Scaled Dove (appear to be becoming regular at Onofre Cunha), Blue Ground-Dove (around the wetland), Pale-vented Pigeon, Maroon-bellied and Plain Parakeets, Blue-winged Parrotlet, Orange-winged Parrot, Dark-billed Cuckoo, Striped Cuckoo, Tawny-browed Owl, Least Pygmy-Owl, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls nesting at the wetland, Striped Owl, Long-tailed Potoo, Biscutate Swift, Saw-billed Hermit, Rufous-breasted Hermit, Reddish Hermit, Frilled Coquette, White-chinned Sapphire, Surucua Trogon, Rufous-capped Motmot, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, White-eared Puffbird, Crescent-chested Puffbird, Channel-billed Toucan, Spot-billed Toucanet, Saffron Toucanet, White Woodpecker, Yellow-fronted Woodpecker, Yellow-eared Woodpecker, Blond-crested Woodpecker, Spot-backed Antshrike, Sooretama Slaty Antshrike, Spot-breasted Antvireo, White-flanked Antwren, Unicoloured Antwren, White-bibbed Antbird, Black-cheeked Gnateater, Short-tailed Antthrush, Rufous-breasted Leaftosser, Scaled Woodcreeper, Spix’s Spinetail, Ochre-breasted Foliage-gleaner, Black-capped Foliage-gleaner, Buff-fronted Foliage-gleaner, White-collared Foliage-gleaner, Pale-browed Treehunter, White-eyed Foliage-gleaner, Southern Antpipit, Eye-ringed Tody-Tyrant, Bran-coloured Flycatcher, Greyish Mourner, Pin-tailed Manakin, Green-backed Becard, Lemon-chested Greenlet, White-thighed Swallow, Barn Swallow (uncommon at REGUA), Moustached and Long-billed Wrens, Black-capped Donacobius, Olive-green Tanager, Brazilian Tanager, Rufous-headed Tanager, Yellow-green Grosbeak and Orange-bellied Euphonia.