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Chestnut – capped Piha Bird Reserve

24 January, 2008


(Lipaugus weberi)



The Chestnut-capped Piha Bird Reserve was created to protect the habitat of Chestnut-capped Piha (Lipaugus weberi), on 27 November 2006. It has an area of approximately 3.271 acres and is classified according to the Alliance for Zero Extinction as an AZE site. It is located in the El Roble, Anorí (Antioquia), with an altitude between 1,400 and 1,850 m above sea level.

Location and Area:

The Chestnut-capped Piha now survives only in small forest fragments in the Central Cordillera of the Andes because their habitat was much affected in the early twentieth century by gold mining and later by large-scale deforestation for the establishment of pasture the reserve is of great importance to its care. (See map).

Biological importance:

You can spot the Black Tinamou (Tinamus osgoodi), Sharpbill (Oxyruncus cristatus), the Stiles’s Tapaculo (Scytalopus Stilesi), the Parker’s Antbird (Cercomacra parkeri), the Bicoloured Hawk (Accipiter bicolor), the Red-bellied Grackle (Hypopyrrhus pyrohypogaster) Multicolored Tanager (Chlorochrysa nitidísima), the Black-and-gold Tanager (Bangsia melanochlamys) and Cerulean Warbler (Dendroica cerulea), a migratory species that visit the reserve in non-breeding season.


Protects a sample of pre-montane rain forest and it has a bimodal climate, with temperatures averaging 18 º C.

Biophysical characteristics:

Consists of primary forests, secondary forests and grasslands undergoing some regeneration. Predominantly its relief is mountainous, with about 60% of the land with slopes, 30% hills and 10% flat.

As for frogs, there are seven vulnerable species, four endangered and five that have not yet been formally described; it is believed that at least one of them belongs to one of the most threatened groups of frogs, of the genus Atelopus, which lives only in this region.


Ecological restoration,Ecological easements and Co-operation.


Arrierito Antioqueño Project (Lipaugus weberi) and Migratory Bird Monitoring.


Accommodation for 18 people. Electricity and water services. Access to cellular signal.


Trails for bird watching, hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty, waterfalls, observation of endemic species of fauna and visits to places of old mining activity like tunnels and walls of canyons.

General recommendations: 

  •  Bring cold weather clothing, Pantanal boots, insect repellent, sunscreen and sun protection accessories. 
  •  Report on health problems, allergies and eating habits. 
  •  If you plan to camp, carrying full camping equipment and plastic to put under it. 
  •  Disinfect footwear with bleach or Clorox to prevent the spread of the chytrid fungus (one of the leading causes of death of amphibians in the world).

Income and visits:

Contact Info: – or visit: PIHA NATURE RESERVE/Ecolodge

With the support of:

conservacioninternacionalcolombia iucn robert abc corantioquia



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The first Chestnut-capped Piha ringed at the Reserve of its name
Monday 28 January 2008.

A Chestnut-capped Piha was ringed for the first time December 2, 2007 in the Reserve of its name, located in the municipality of Anorí, Antioquia, Colombia.