RIO DE JANEIRO STATE (near), (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (6th-7th December, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

The endangered endemic Black-hooded Antwren has been found at a few sites near Angra dos Reis. I check 2 sites: Ariro and Pereque, finding it only at the latter where it was easy. Angra dos Reis is a large town and makes a good base to explore. Costa Verde buses leave the terminal in Rio every hour, cost 31R and take about 2 and a half hours. In Angra, I stayed at Hotel Jaques in the centre for just 20R. Senor do Bonfim buses leave for Pereque on the waterfront in the centre about every half hour. They take about an hour and a half to Pereque and just 25 minutes to Ariro. The flat fare is 1.90R. The bus stop for Ariro is just after the km493 marker and there is some forest on the left side of the road although it is a bit difficult to get into. There is a right turn into Ariro which seems to be just a few houses then a bit further on, a left turn at the river which leads onto some nice forest edge. Around here I saw Yellow Tyrannulet, Lemon-chested Greenlet, Green-headed Tanager and Blue Dacnis. Back on the main road, there are some mangroves you can access at a bridge about 1km before Ariro and a couple of kms after Ariro there is a left turn to some condominiums where I saw Black Jacobin. I didn’t find Black-hodded Antwren despite trying playback in the whole area. 

It was much easier to find the species at Pereque. Take the same bus as to Ariro but stay on until the last stop. Pereque is after the big nuclear power station. The bus enters the town and goes all the way through, turns right and stops across from the football pitch described on . Here turn left and head out of town. The first part of this road had Red-necked Tanager, Ruby-crowned Tanager and Blue Ground-Dove. After the last house, the road curves to the right and the overhead wire crosses from the left side of the road to the right and back again. A short distance along here, about 50m before the wire crosses to the right again, I saw Black-hooded Antwren in the roadside secondary forest. They seem very vocal calling much of the time and they are fairly responsive to playback, especially the first time. They seem to like the shady, tangly undergrowth. In this area I also saw Swallow-tailed and Rufous-thighed Kite. 

I saw 63 species including 3 lifers 

Species seen 

  • Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens
  • Great Egret Ardea alba
  • Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  • Striated Heron Butorides striata
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus Photographed Recorded
  • Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus
  • Rufous-thighed Kite Harpagus diodon Photographed
  • Yellow-headed Caracara Milvago chimachima Recorded
  • Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis
  • Rock Pigeon Columba livia Introduced species
  • Picazuro Pigeon Patagioenas picazuro
  • Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti
  • Blue Ground-Dove Claravis pretiosa Heard only Recorded
  • White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi Heard only
  • Gray-fronted Dove Leptotila rufaxilla Possibly heard
  • Blue-winged Parrotlet Forpus xanthopterygius
  • Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana
  • Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani
  • Striped Cuckoo Tapera naevia Heard only
  • Swallow-tailed Hummingbird Eupetomena macrourus
  • Black Jacobin Florisuga fuscus
  • Black-throated Mango Anthracothorax nigricollis
  • Glittering-bellied Emerald Chlorostilbon aureoventris
  • Ringed Kingfisher Ceryle torquatus
  • Yellow-chinned Spinetail Certhiaxis cinnamomea
  • Olivaceous Woodcreeper Sittasomus griseicapillus
  • Chestnut-backed Antshrike Thamnophilus palliatus Heard only
  • Black-hooded Antwren Formicivora erythronotos Endemic Endangered Photographed Recorded
  • White-breasted Tapaculo Scytalopus indigoticus Endemic Near-threatened Heard only
  • White-bearded Manakin Manacus manacus
  • Yellow Tyrannulet Capsiempis flaveola
  • Yellow-bellied Elaenia Elaenia flavogaster Heard only
  • Masked Water-Tyrant Fluvicola nengeta
  • Long-tailed Tyrant Colonia colonus
  • Cattle Tyrant Machetornis rixosus
  • Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  • Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua
  • Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • Brown-chested Martin Progne tapera
  • Gray-breasted Martin Progne chalybea
  • Blue-and-white Swallow Notiochelidon cyanoleuca
  • Southern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx ruficollis
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Chalk-browed Mockingbird Mimus saturninus
  • Rufous-bellied Thrush Turdus rufiventris
  • Lemon-chested Greenlet Hylophilus thoracicus
  • Bananaquit Coereba flaveola
  • Ruby-crowned Tanager Tachyphonus coronatus
  • White-lined Tanager Tachyphonus rufus Possibly seen
  • Brazilian Tanager Ramphocelus bresilius Endemic Recorded
  • Sayaca Tanager Thraupis sayaca
  • Palm Tanager Thraupis palmarum
  • Green-headed Tanager Tangara seledon
  • Red-necked Tanager Tangara cyanocephala Photographed
  • Blue Dacnis Dacnis cayana
  • Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina Heard only
  • Double-collared Seedeater Sporophila caerulescens
  • Saffron Finch Sicalis flaveola
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Buff-throated Saltator Saltator maximus
  • Shiny Cowbird Molothrus bonariensis
  • House Sparrow Passer domesticus Introduced species

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse