Fundación ProAves – por la conservación en el país de las aves

Cerulean Warbler Bird Reserve

1 June, 2010


(Setophaga  cerulea)



The Cerulean Warbler Bird Reserve was created in July 2005 with the intention of preserving a sample of migratory bird habitat for the Reinita Cielo Azul (Setophaga cerulea), being the first national reserve and South American established in order to keep a migratory bird.

Location and Area:

The reserve currently has 513 acres of tropical rainforest. It is located on the western slope of the Colombian Eastern Cordillera in the town of San Vicente de Chucuri, Santander department, near the mountains of Yariguíes. The distance of the reservation to the nearest population center is 7 miles. Its altitudinal range is between 1600 to 2500 m above sea level. It has been declared by the Alliance for Zero Extinction as an AZE site.(See map).

Biological importance:

Among the birds recorded in the area include the Gorgeted Wood-quail (Odontophorus strophium), the Black Inca (Coeligena prunellei), the Chestnut bellied Hummingbird (Amazilia castaneiventris), the White-mantled Barbet (Capito hypoleucus), the Parker’s Antbird (Cercomacra parkeri), the Brown-rumped Tapaculo (Scytalopus latebricola) and Mountain Grackle (Macroagelaius subalaris). It is also possible to see amphibians like the Poison Frog (Myniobates virolinensis) and mammals such as the Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus).


Presents a temperature between 16 and 28 degrees C.


Ecological restoration, Bird-friendly coffee , Ecological Easements, Silvopastoral and Women for conservation.


Accommodation for 25 people.

Tourist Attractions: 

The main attraction consists of observing wildlife in the area, mainly birds and mammals, also walks along the historical path of Lengerke, built of stone in the year 1840 by the German Geo Von Lengerke, with a length of 40 km which goes from the town of San Vicente to Zapatoca.

General recommendations:

  • Respect the natural values ??of the reserve, plants, and animals.
  •  No collection of biological material.
  •  Follow instructions by the reserve staff and travel on established trails.
  •  Bring insect repellent, sunscreen, Pantanal boots and accessories for sun protection.
  •  Report any health problems and allergies.
  •  Disinfect footwear with Clorox or bleach to prevent the spread of the Chytrid fungus (one of the leading causes of death of amphibians in the world).

Income and visits:

Contact:  or visit: Cerulean Nature Reserve ecolodge

With the support of:


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Related news



Guidance Course at the Cerulean Warbler Reserve
Monday 28 November 2011.

In order to train ProAves rangers and the community in ecological guidance with emphasis on bird watching, a course at the Cerulean Warbler Bird Reserve took place from 12 to 18 October, in collaboration with EcoTurs Colombia.





Gorgeted Wood-Quail up close and personal
Thursday 3 June 2010.

The Gorgeted Wood-Quail is endemic to Colombia and highly Endangered. Feral dogs, that were attacking this species frequently, have been controlled and now the population is showing signs of recovery in the Reinita Cielo Azul Reserve. View the first ever photograph of a couple with their five young at one of our feeders.




Recurve-billed Bushbird discovered at the Cerulean Warbler Reserve
Thursday 30 April 2009.

EcoTurs guides have discovered a small population of the near-endemic and endangered Recurve-billed Bushbird beside the fabulous lodge of the Cerulean Warbler Reserve. This adds to a long list of endangered and endemic species at the reserve.




New subspecies described from Yariguíes
Wednesday 15 October 2008.

Another new bird subspecies for science has been described from beside ProAves’ Cerulean Warbler Bird Reserve The Yariguíes Slate-crowned Antpitta was discovered during explorations of Serranía de los Yariguíes, in Colombia, by ProAves.



Birdathon for the Cerulean Warbler Reserve
Thursday 7 June 2007.

On May 5th a group of birders conformed by Gwen Brewer, Bill Hubick, Tom Feild, and George Jett, took part in a fund raising event for the Cerulean Warbler Bird Reserve as part of the Southern Maryland Audubon Society annual fund raising birdathon.



First South American Reserve For North American Songbird
Thursday 18 August 2005.

American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and Colombian conservation group, Fundación ProAves, announce the creation of South America’s first protected area for a songbird that breeds exclusively in North America. The reserve will protect wintering habitat for the Cerulean Warbler…