Black-backed Water-Tyrant at REGUA

Black-backed Water-Tyrant <em>Fluvicola albiventer</em> at the REGUA wetland, 12 November 2022 (&copy; Lee Dingain)
Black-backed Water-Tyrant Fluvicola albiventer at the REGUA wetland, 12 November 2022 (© Lee Dingain)

On Saturday 12 November, REGUA supporter, Lee Dingain, was birding at the wetland when he found a new bird for the reserve in the form of a Black-backed Water-Tyrant Fluvicola albiventer. Distributed throughout eastern South America, the nearest populations to REGUA lie about 600 km away in northern Minas Gerais and central São Paulo states. However, Ricardo Gagliardi, who keeps the official Rio de Janeiro state bird list reports that Black-backed Water-Tyrant is slowly spreading into Rio de Janeiro state, and there have been a few recent records, though none as far south as REGUA. Maybe this species will become a permanent member of the REGUA’s avifauna in the future? The bird was still present the next day but unfortunately hasn’t been seen since. For the full story on this exciting find please visit Lee’s blog.