Located 230 km. from Sao Paulo city, the privately owned Bacury Forest Reserves are some of the last original tablelands semideciduous forests in SE Brazil, encompassing 2,200 ha and situated between rivers Tiete and Piracicaba, just before their junction.
These rivers’ basins were flooded after the Barra Bonita reservoir was filled. The terrain is flat, and the area is rich in species of bird and mammals. Five primates are present, including the rare and endangered Wooly Spider Monkey (also known as Muriqui), easily seen from the paths.
The forest is well known as a very good location to see several bird species such as Rusty-margined Guan, Spot-winged Wood-Quail, Barred Forest-Falcon, Violaceous Quail-Dove, Blue-winged Macaw, Pavonine Cuckoo, Rufous-capped Motmot, Crescent-chested Puffbird, Rusty-breasted Nunlet, Tufted Antshrike, Black-billed Scythebill, Blue and Helmeted Manakin. We can also explore open areas, the lake shore, marshes and swamps, where we can find Comb Duck, Rosy‑billed Pochard, Whistling Heron, Roseate Spoonbill, Giant Snipe, Grassland Yellow-Finch, White-bellied and Capped Seedeater.
At night there is a chance of seeing Mottled and Tawny-browed Owl, Variable Screech-Owl and Ocellated Poorwill.