Fundación ProAves – por las aves y su hábitat en Colombia

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Bangsia melanochlamys

Las Tángaras
ProAves Reserve
Las Tángaras
ProAves Reserve

Date created: October, 2009

Area: 4.000 hectares

Temperature: 46 °F

Ecosystem: Tropical Forest

Weather: Fog and rainfall predominate throughout the year

Altitudinal range: Between 1.250 – 3.400 AMSL

Key species: Bangsia aureocincta y Bangsia Melanochlamys

Key species

Las Tángaras ProAves Reserve was created in October 2009 to protect the habitat of two endemic bird species: The Golden-ringed tanager (Bangsia aureocinta) and the Black-and-gold tanager (Bangsia melanochlamys). 

It has a high diversity index with records of 250 species of birds belonging to 15 orders and 42 families, highlighting the Golden-ringed tanager (Bangsia aureocinta) the Black-and-gold tanager (Bangsia melanochlamys), the Chocó Vireo (Vireo Masteri), the Purple-mantled Tanager (Iridosornis porphyrocephala), the Indigo Flower-Piercer (Diglossa Indigotica) and Fulvous-dotted Treerunner (Margaronis stellatus) and several species of hummingbirds like the Brown Inca (Coeligena wilsonii), Velvet-purple Coronet  (Boissaneaua Jardini) and Empress Brilliant (Heliodoxa imperatrix)

In Amphibians, specimens of the families, Centrolenidae, Bufonidae and Stabomantidae, are often found, the presence of salamanders of the genus Bolitoglossa stand out.

Bangsia Melanochlamys
Bangsia aureocincta
Location and area

The Reserve is located near several reservations of the Embera indigenous community and its objective is to cushion a new growing wave of settlers eager to exploit the rich natural resources of the area. This area protects the watershed of the Rio Atrato – the Chocó’s most important river which serves as a vital economic resource for tens of thousands of inhabitants living in poor rural communities. This strategic land acquisition helps consolidate a buffer zone protecting over one hundred thousand acres, against unsustainable rapid colonization, and strengthens the protection of several isolated indigenous communities threatened by colonization. This location became the target area for creating a new reserve (See map).


Las Tángaras ProAves Reserve is one of the most diverse and important tropical forest sites on Earth. There are almost 4,000 hectares that protect the Atrato River basin (the most important river in Chocó), which serves as a vital economic resource for tens of thousands of inhabitants who live in the surrounding rural communities. The acquisition of this land helps to consolidate a safety zone for the protection of biodiversity, against rapid and unsustainable development, and reinforces the protection of several threatened indigenous communities.

Many water sources are born in the area, highlighting the Quebrada La Sánchez, a tributary of the Rio Atrato.

In regards to flora the presence of numerous epiphytes and orchids (gen. Epidendrum sp.), are to be noted. Large trees like encenillo (Weinmanniasp) and aguacatillos (Ocota sp.) stand out among others.

How to get there

Las Tángaras ProAves Reserve is located in the Municipality of Carmen de Atrato, department of Chocó, 140 kilometers from Medellín, an approximate travel time of 4 or 5 hours.

Route: Medellín – Carmen de Atrato.

You must take a bus at the Terminal del Sur that goes to the municipality of Carmen de Atrato, Chocó, to a place called El Siete or La Sánchez. From El Siete you take a Jeep to the Las Tángaras Reserve.

Route: Medellín- Quibdó:

You must take a bus from the South Terminal that goes to Quibdó, capital of Chocó, to El Ocho, where the Reserve is located.

Note: from the Reserve cabin to the trails is a trip of 8km, so visitors must reserve transportation in advance or have their own. It doesn’t need to be a 4×4 vehicle. The approximate cost of this round-trip transportation is about $50 USD.