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Gorrión Andivia Bird Reserve

18 February, 2014


Tanager Finch (Oreothraupis arremonops)

gorrion de andivia


The Gorrión Andivia Bird Reserve, was created in 2012 with the aim of preserving the habitat of the Tanager Finch (Oreothraupis arremonops) and Munchique Wood Wren (Henicorhina negreti), considered to be in a vulnerable state (VU) and critically endangered (CR).

This reserve has become the first donation of private land by its owner for preservation and its name comes from ‘Gorrión’ (the Tanager Finch) (Oreothraupis arremonops) and ‘Andivia’ after the former owner of that property.

Location and Area:

The reserve is located in the town of Carmen de Atrato, Chocó, Western Andes, on the border with the town of Urrao, Antioquia, in the place known as the Heights of the EME, between 2,500 and 3,000 m. This site is of great importance because it is the source of the river Atrato (the Chocó’s most important river). It has an area of 402 hectares of Andean and high Andean forest. It has a main access road. To reach it from the town of Carmen de Atrato it takes a journey of about 60 minutes from the urban area by the road that leads from the Carmen de Atrato to the municipality of Urrao.

Biological Significance

In the reserve the habitat of different species of endemic and endangered birds like Munchique Wood Wren (Henicorhina negreti) CR, Tanager Finch (Oreothraupis arremonops) VU, Chestnut-bellied Flowerpiercer (Diglossa gloriosissima) EN, Chestnut-crested Cotinga (Ampelion rufaxilla), Ocellated Tapaculo (Acropternis orthonyx) is protected. In these Andean forests there are also different species of trees of great importance like Laureles, seven hides and different species of orchids. The Orchidaceae, Ericaceae and Melastomataceae families stand out as being the most dominant in terms of the largest number of species. Also Bromelliaceae and Rosaceae provide a significant amount of species. These forests also have high water levels with major waterfalls and streams, characteristic of areas with high humidity.


It is located in an area where fog and precipitations predominate throughout the year, the annual temperature ranges between 6°C and 21°C, with a higher annual precipitation 4,000 mm.


Ecological Restoration. Protection Program of forests and endangered birds in the protected area. It is worth noting that in the reserve large areas of Primary forest can be appreciated as well as smaller areas in the process of recovery in disturbed areas where families of pioneer plants can be found in the process of succession.


Population monitoring of amphibians and birds of the Cordillera Occidental.


Bird Friendly Schools


No accommodation offered for visitors.

Tourist attractions:

Scenic beauty and threatened bird species watching.

General recommendations:

Upon entering the reservation you must wear waterproofs, rubber boots, jackets, gloves, sunscreen, and take sleeping material.

Respect the natural values of the reserve, plants, and animals.

The collection of biological material is not permitted.

Follow the directions of the reserve staff.

Within the reserve camping is not allowed.

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