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

Conservation Success for three Endemic and Threatened Colombian Birds

20 June, 2012




Brown-banded Antpitta (Grallaria milleri)

The most recent update of the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), published by BirdLife International this month, shows the change of category of three endemic species of Colombia placing them at a lower risk of extinction.

The species that moved out of Endangered status to that of Vulnerable are: White-mantled Barbet (Capito hypoleucus), Brown-banded Antpitta (Grallaria milleri) and the Red-bellied Grackle (Hypopyrrhus pyrohypogaster). These three species are found in 9 of the 21 Bird Reserves owned by ProAves.

The White-mantled Barbet can be seen in the Cerulean Warbler, Helmeted Curassow, Ranita Dorada, Chestnut-capped Piha and El Paujil Bird Reserves. The Brown-banded Antpitta can be seen in the Andean Parrots, Ranita Dorada and Giles-fuertes’s Reserves and Red-bellied Grackle in the Las Tángaras, Yellow-eared parrot and Chestnut-capped Piha Reserves.

White-mantled Barbet (Capito hypoleucus)

This great conservation achievement is thanks to the shared work of the interdisciplinary team of more than 60 ProAves staff, which over the course of 13 years has achieved their objectives for the conservation of our birds through strategic conservation, investigation, and work with the community.  Together, we can see that it is possible to stop the disappearance of birds and their habitats, which represents a breakthrough in preventing extinction.

We would like to thank some of our key partners: Fundación Loro Parque, US Fish Wildlife Service (NMBCA), American Bird Conservancy and World Land Trust-US. This achievement is also thanks to the valuable contributions from birders and ornithologists.

Red-bellied Grackle (Hypopyrrhus pyrohypogaster)

The IUCN Red List is an evaluation on the conservation status of all species on earth and includes three categories that place species at risk of extinction: Critically Endangered, Endangered, and Vulnerable.

The global number of species in 2012, according to BirdLife, is 10,064. Of these 130 are extinct, 4 are extinct in the wilderness, 197 are in Critical Danger of Extinction, 389 are Endangered, 727 are Vulnerable, and 880 are Near-threatened. 

Colombia has 1,889 species, and is the country with the greatest bird diversity in the world. Of these species 15 are classified as Critically Endangered (CR), 33 are Endangered (EN), 53 are Vulnerable (VU), and 60 are Near-threatened (NT).