The Serra Bonita Reserve, which means ‘beautiful mountain’ in Portuguese, is a pioneering, innovative private conservation enterprise, protecting one of the last remnants of submontane Atlantic Forest in Southern Bahia, Brazil.
The Brazilian Atlantic Forest originally covered about 130 million hectares along the Atlantic coast; currently, roughly 7% of its original cover remains intact. The Serra Bonita Reserve aims to protect the Brazilian Atlantic Forest through a consortium of several rural property owners, whose properties have been declared private reserves. Altogether, 6,175 acres are protected.
Almost 400 birds can be found at the Serra Bonita Reserve, including the Bahia Tyrannulet, Pink-legged Graveteiro, White-eyed Foliage-Gleaner, Plumbeous Antvireo, Salvadori’s Antwren, Buffy-fronted Seedeater, Red-necked tanager, White-wedged Piculet and Temminck’s Seedeater, among others.
The Instituto Uiraçu is also thrilled to have a breeding pair of Harpy Eagles at the reserve, which in 2018 produced a Harpy chick!