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

El Pangán Bird Reserve

14 December, 2006





(Cephalopterus penduliger)



The Pangán Bird Reserve was created in 2002 through the interest of the fundación ProAves to conserve forests in the South Pacific in the Nariño foothills on the western slope of the western mountains, in the department of Nariño, Barbacoas Town.

This area is considered one of the most biodiverse areas of Colombia with a high number of endemic species which makes it one of the highest priority ecosystems for conservation. It has been affected by the rapid growth of surrounding communities and the expansion of different crops in the area.

Also, because of its location a binational corridor can be created together with other protected areas and indigenous reserves, thus promoting the conservation of the habitat of about 45 species of endemic birds like the Pangan, the local name for the Long-wattled Umbrellabird (Cephalopterus penduliger). It is also classified by the Alliance for Zero Extinction as an AZE site

Currently the reserve is at an altitude range between 550 and 1,900 meters above sea level, it has more than 17.300 acres of directly protected conservation land and 20.613 acres indirectly preserved by a process of awareness with people from the nearby villages among which are Junín, San Francisco de Cuchirrabo, Mirador de Tajadas, El Gualte and El Gavilán.


Climate: It has a minimum temperature of 12 º C and maximum 24 ° C.

Biophysical characteristics: It is geographically located in the foothills of the western plain of the nudo de los pastos in Ñambí River Basin, a tributary of the river Telembí and thanks to the purchase of new properties the river Yaguapi is also being protected. Tropical rain forest and montane rain forest are also present.


In the El Pangán Bird Reserve there are approximately 360 species of birds, among which 21 are threatened, 2 endangered, 13 near threatened, 4 vulnerable and 49 endemic 4 (EBA 041-Stattersfield et al. 1998). Amongst Herpete there is a record of about 21 species of amphibians in 6 families and 17 species of Reptiles distributed in 7 families. Amongst mammals there is a record of about 36 species distributed in 21 families of which 10 are globally threatened. Likewise, there is a variety of diurnal Lepidoptera, 91 species distributed in 68 genera, 6 families and 14 subfamilies, of which 28 are endemic species, 20 species are rare or very rare and 66 are common species.


The Pangán Bird Reserve has a main lodge that can accommodate 45 people comfortably; it also has water service, electricity grid, kitchen and a meeting room.

The entrance to the main cabin reservation is made along a 2.7 km long path, in very good condition that allows you to observe the flora and fauna of this area, in addition to this, there are 4 paths through much of the reserve totaling 12km, which are used for ecotourism and research.

In addition to the cabin on the reserve, we have a two-story house in Junín, which is used for short stays and as an educational center, as it has a conference room, two bedrooms, bathrooms, showers and water and electricity.


El Pangan Bird Reserve – hut.

General recommendations:  

  • Respect the natural values of the reserve, plants, and animals.
  • You are not allowed to collect biological material.
  • Follow the instructions of the reserves personnel and use the established paths.
  • Camping is not permitted on the Reserve.
  • Impermeable boots must be worn.

Income and visits:

Contact Ecoturs: Carrera 20 No. 36 61, Bogotá, Colombia. Tels. (1) 245-5134, 340-3285, or visit:

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