Serra do Urubu, in the state of Pernambuco, is considered one of the most important forests for the conservation of birds in the Neotropical region. Serra do Urubu protects the only premontane Atlantic Forest in the state of Pernambuco and is home to 14 globally threatened bird species and 250 bird species in total. This includes the Seven-colored Tanager, Long-tailed Woodnymph, Pinto’s Spinetail, Orange-bellied Antwren, White-collared Kite, Jandaya Parakeet, and Alagoas Tyrannulet.
The Reserve was established in 2004 by Brazilian conservation group SAVE Brasil, who has been steadily working to expand the reserve and create tourism infrastructure for visitors to enjoy. This includes a 2.4 km interpretative forest trail; an easy walking path that on average takes two hours. There are also more extensive trails throughout the forest which can be used with a local guide.
The newest feature at the Reserve is a hummingbird garden, where it is possible to see more than 20 hummingbird species! The garden has native plant landscaping, supplemented by hummingbird and fruit feeders that are visited by hummingbirds and other birds. A comfortable, covered pavilion allows for a relaxing place to set up your photography equipment and take some amazing photos!
By the end of 2019, Serra do Urubu will also have an observation tower situated in the middle of the forest.