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El Paujil Bird Reserve

18 August, 2010

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Blue-billed Curassow (Crax alberti)

The EL Paujil Bird Reserve was created in November 2003 with the support of ABC (American Bird Conservancy) and GCF (Global Conservation Fund), in order to preserve the Blue-billed Curassow (Crax alberti) is endemic to Colombia and in critical danger of extinction, while ensuring the preservation of one of the most vulnerable ecosystems which had been circulated in the Middle Magdalena valley, the rain forest.

Location and Area:

This protected area is located in the Sierra de las Quinchas, between the towns of Puerto Boyacá, Bolívar and Scimitar, more precisely in the departments of Boyacá and Santander, respectively, it covers 8.448 acres and is located between 150 and 1.200 m.s.n.m. (See map).

Biological importance:

There has been about 360 species of birds registered in this place , 7 of which are endemic species, 8 threatened near-endemic and 8 threatened, 43 non-flying mammal species of which 18 are threatened, 24 species of flying mammals, 32 species of amphibians 1 of which is threatened and 46 species of reptiles. It also highlights: the Cotorra cabeciamarilla (Gypopsitta pyrilia), Carpintero bonito (Melanerpes pulcher), White-Mantled Barbet (Capito hypoleucus), Tiranuelo antioqueño (Phylloscartes lanyoni), Habia ceniza (Habia gutturalis), Mielero turqueza (Dacnis hartlaubi) Mono araña del Magdalena (Ateles hybridus), el Oso andino (Tremarctos ornatus) y Nutria del Magdalena (Pteronura longicauda), among others.


The reserve has an annual temperature of 27.8 ° C. The rainfall is bimodal seasonal tetra. The first period of rainfall occurs between April and May and the second between September and November, during these five months, receiving 57.62% of total rainfall, with October the wettest month with 304 mm and the driest January to 64.5 mm The average relative humidity is 78%, ranging from 75% in February and August, and 81% in October and November (Balcazar et al. 2000).

Biophysical characteristics:

Consists of primary and secondary forests little surgery, pastures and plantations.


Ecological restoration, Land expansion and Women for conservation.

And tourism activities:

  • River navigation.
  • Landscaping.
  • Wildlife photography.
  • Observation of animal and plant species.
  • Walking in high demand.
  • Contact recreation and nature.
  • Family vacation.
  • Recreational fishing.
  • Enjoy natural scenery (Caño cristal, La moya, Pozo lindo and Los chorros).
  • Reforestation of native species.
  • Eco-hikes.
  • Horseback riding.
  • Courses and training.


Accommodation for 43 guests in comfortable cabins, electricity service and water.

General recommendations:

  • Respect the natural values of the reserve, the plants and animals.
  • Do not allow the collection of biological material.
  • Follow signs to the reserve staff and travel on established trails.
  • You can make camping in designated areas.
  • Pantanal should wear boots, waterproof and fly.
  • Report health problems or allergies.

Income and visits:

Contact EcoTurs headquarters Race 20 N º 36 – 61, Bogotá, Colombia, mobile (57) (1) 245-5134 and (57) (1) 340-3285, write to email  or visit

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Related news


Community conservation workshop in El Paujil Reserve
Monday 3 January 2011.

A Community Conservation Workshop was help in El Paujil Reserve to promote the protection of threatened species in the Magdalena valley rainforests and disseminate the new Guidelines for the conservation of the Blue-Billed Curassow (Crax alberti) and Magdalena Spider Monkey (Ateles hybridus) in Colombia.




Community leads the 6th Blue-billed Curassow Festival
Friday 3 December 2010.

The town of Puerto Boyacá, Boyacá Department, beside the last stronghold of the Critically Endangered Blue-billed Curassow (Crax alberti) in the Paujil reserve, held the 6th annual Paujil Festival with the aim of generating awareness and ownership of this Colombian endemic species. Around 1,200 kids and adults participated.




Paujil Bird Reserve expanded to 14,830 acres
Friday 12 November 2010.

With the support of ABC, WLT-US, Earth’s Birthday and The Rainforest Site, further major land acquisitions have expanded the Paujil Bird Reserve to 14,830 acres, protecting one of the most vulnerable ecosystems in Colombia, the Magdalena rainforests with many endemic and critically endangered species.




Blue-billed Curassow with chick photographed
Wednesday 18 August 2010.

A female Blue-billed Curassow (Crax alberti) with her chick was photographed in El Paujil Bird Reserve, demonstrating the success of conservation actions for this species, that is in critical danger of extinction.




Economic alternatives workshop for hunters
Wednesday 14 July 2010.

During May, a training workshop in economic alternatives was held in El Paujil Bird Reserve with more than 30 local hunters from the community of Puerto Pinzón. Training focused on bamboo crafts and constructions (an abundant local resource), improving food local crops and reforestation to provide alternative incomes.




A secret view of the Magdalena Spider Monkey
Wednesday 14 April 2010.

The strategic installation of trail camera in the Paujil Reserve has captured amazing photos of the amazing life of the Critically Endangered Magdalena Spider Monkey (Ateles hybridus) and the Red Howler Monkey (Alouatta seniculus). Thanks to USFWS Critically Endangered Animals Conservation Fund.




Seeking researchers for Blue-billed Curassow and Brown Spider Monkey
Monday 8 February 2010.

ProAves is seeking interns or volunteer to undertake research and conservation actions for the Critically Endangered Brown Spider Monkey (Ateles hybridus) and Blue-billed Curassow (Crax alberti) at their stronghold population site of El Paujil Bird Reserve.




Critical new protection for Serranía de las Quinchas
Tuesday 11 August 2009.

ProAves has acquired strategic private properties from loggers and coca farmers to double the protection of the Paujil Nature Reserve to 6,935 acres thanks to the support of ABC and WLT-US. The El Paujil Nature reserve represents the most important rainforest protected area in the Magdalena valley of Colombia.




Exciting news for the Blue-billed Curassow
Tuesday 11 August 2009.

Recent observations of startling and up to three males and the first photos of two females and one male Blue-billed Curassow (Crax alberti), one of the most endangered birds in South America, shows the effective protection and the importance of the El Paujil Reserve for the survival of this charismatic Colombian endemic.




Secret insights into the Blue-billed Curassow
Tuesday 19 May 2009.

Two trail cameras installed in April 2009 near the tourist lodge at ProAves nature reserve “El Paujil” have provided new information on the enigmatic and Critically Endangered Blue-billed Curassow. The cameras have recorded individuals and pairs of the Curassow on an almost daily basis as well as records of many mammals.