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

More protection for the Helmeted Curassow

13 December, 2012


In 2011, with support from American Bird Conservancy, the process of expansion of the Reserve began. With the acquisition of an additional 540 acres the reserve now has more than 5300 acres of tropical rainforest.

Conserving this habitat is very important. The Pauxi Conservation Corridor Project is currently being developed, which includes strategies for restoration and reforestation with native species produced in our nurseries and ongoing monitoring of key species. In the catchment area of the reserve agroforestry and silvopasture  have been implemented underpinned by an awareness campaign in the community.

The Helmeted Curassow Bird Reserve was created in 2007 to preserve remnants of rainforest, the habitat of the Helmeted Curassow (Pauxi Pauxi), a bird listed as vulnerable to extinction by the IUCN and endemic to Colombia and Venezuela, which is reported only in the Cordillera Oriental and the Serranía del Perijá. This forest is threatened by logging and cattle ranching, and the use of chemicals by cocoa and coffee plantations.

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The reserve is located in the Serranía de la Paz, in the municipalities of San Vicente de Chucuri, Betulia and Zapatoca, Santander department, and bathed by five brooks: la Llana, the Putana, the Boquerona, the Mantecosa, the Aguamieluda and Vergela. This is an undulating terrain of steep slopes and gullies between 200 and 1,350 meters above sea level, which provides passage routes for mammals such as bears, pumas, ocelots, howler monkeys, agoutis, armadillos, and good etc. as well as habitat for amphibians and reptiles.

Among the bird species are: Chestnut-bellied Hummingbird (Amazilia castaneiventris), the critically endangered Blue-billed Curassow (Crax alberti), Saffron-headed Parrot (Pionopsitta pyrilia) VU, the White-mantled Barbet (Capito hypoleucus), EN, the Sooty Ant-tanager (Habia gutturalis), VU , Cerulean Warbler (Dendroica cerulea), VU, and Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora Crysopthera), among others.

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