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

Municipal Reserve El Mirador

26 December, 2009


Golden-Plumed Parrakeet (Leptosittaca branickii)

The properties that make up the reserve was acquired by the town of Génova, Quindío (Colombia), in order to comply with Act 99 of 1993 in its Article 111, within the project “Acquisition of land for protection and conservation areas supplying municipal water”. These were acquired between 2000 and 2002. ProAves is responsible for its care, loan quality since 2004, due to its ability to carry out conservation actions, research and education in the area.


Location and Area:

The reserve is located on the western flank of the Cordillera Central, in the village of Rio Gris Alto, in the municipality of Génova, Quindío, with an area of 5,028 acres and an altitude ranging between 2,900 and 3,800 meters above sea level. It is the area having a large sample of moors, besides being a place that is home to five species of parrots that are in some degree of threat. It is ranked by the Alliance for Zero Extinction as an AZE site.

Biological importance: 

There are species in the reserve such as the Fuertes’s Parrot(Hapalopsittaca fuertesi),endemic and critically endangered, the Golden-plumed parakeet(Leptosittaca branickii), vulnerable, Rufous-fronted Parakeet(Bolborhynchus ferrugineifrons), endemic and endangered species, the Crescent-faced Antpitta( Grallaricula lineifrons), vulnerable, Bicolored Antpitta(Grallaria rufocinerea), vulnerable, the Masked Mountain Tanager (Buthraupis wetmorei), vulnerable, and the Masked Saltator(Saltator cinctus), vulnerable, among others.


Presents a minimum temperature of 6 º C and 12 º C maximum, and a minimum rainfall of 1,548 mm and a maximum of 1,852 mm.

Biophysical characteristics: 

The area has 80% of steep slopes, located in the Río Gris basin.


Ecological Restoration and Central Cordillera Project.


Accommodation for ten people, electricity and drinking water.

General recommendations:   

  •  Respect the natural values of the reserve, plants, and animals.
  • No collection of biological material.
  • Follow the instructions of the reserve staff and travel on established trails.
  • Only visitors who have booked in advance will be admitted.
  • You must bring equipment for cold weather boots, sunscreen and Pantanal boots.
  • You must bring bedding and personal hygiene implements.
  • Report any health problems or allergies.
  • Disinfect shoes with bleach or clorox to prevent the spread of chytrid fungus (one of the leading causes of death of amphibians in the world).

Admission and tours: 


With the support of:

Génova (Quindío)


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