Fundación ProAves – por las aves y su hábitat en Colombia

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de Perijá
ProAves Reserve

Asthenes perijana

de Perijá
ProAves Reserve

Date created: January 28, 2014

Area: 749 hectares

Average Temperature: 59 °F

Ecosystem: High Andean, sub-paramo and paramo forests

Weather: Bimodal-tetra-seasonal rains

Altitudinal range: Between 1,700 – 2,300 AMSL

Key species: Metallura Iracunda, PAsthenes Perijana, Arremon Perijanus, Atlapetes nigrifrons and Scytalopus sp, a newly discovered species.

Key species

The area has a high number of endemic species of flora and fauna threatened with extinction. In addition, the conserved forests benefit the endemic bird species of the upper and middle part of the Serranía del Perijá: the Perijá Hummingbird (Metallura Iracunda), Perijá Thistletail (Asthenes Perijana), Perijá Brushfinch (Arremon Perijanus), Black-fronted Brush Finch (Atlapetes nigrifrons) and the Perijá Tapaculo (Scytalopus sp), a newly discovered species.

Metallura Iracunda
Atlapetes nigrifrons
Asthenes Perijana
Location and area

The Reserve is located in the villages of El Cinco and Altos de Perijá in the municipality of Manaure Balcón del Cesar, Cesar department, approximately 36 miles from the city of Valledupar. The Reserve has an approximate area of 749 ha of Altoantine, sub-paramo and paramo forests. (See map).


The Reserve protects subtropical (cloud) forests of the sub-Andean and Andean fringes, sub-paramos (2,600-2,900) and paramos (3,000-3,500 m). The sub-Andean forests are mainly found between 1,700-2,300 m elevation and the Andean ones above 2,300 m.

Hot to get

The Reserve is located between the villages of El Cinco and Altos de Perijá, in the municipality of Manaure, department of Cesar, approximately 36 miles from the city of Valledupar.

When you reach the municipality of Manaure, look for the Dante River, where you will find a bridge. There you must turn left towards El Cinco Village.

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