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

First ever photographs of the male Black-backed Thornbill

14 February, 2012


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The Black-backed Thornbill is an endangered and endemic species of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and its survival is by no means secure. Unrelenting habitat loss due to the conversion of forested areas to agricultural lands and cattle pastures have severely impacted this birds habitat and its ability to forage and reproduce successfully.

The El Dorado Bird Reserve protects 880 hectares (2,175 acres) of critical montane cloud forest for this spectacular species and many other endangered and critically endangered species which call the Santa Marta de Sierra Nevada home.

With support from many entities and individuals, the El Dorado Bird Reseve protects into perpetuity critical habitat for the Black-backed Thornbill and many other enigmatic creatures of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta found nowhere else on the planet.

To read El Dorado’s Reserve Administrator Sam Martinez’s account of this species please click here

Tour ProAves Reserves:

Contact EcoTurs headquarters at Carrera 20 No. 36 – 61, Bogotá, Colombia, telephone (57) (1) 287-6592, visit  EcoTurs at or write them at

With the support of:

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