Monday 16 February 2009.
With the support of American Bird Conservancy, IUCN Netherlands/SPN, Netherlands Postcode Lottery and ProAves has established a 1,500 acre nature reserve, which is the first private protected area for the critically endangered and endemic Fuertes’s Parrot.
The species, whose population size is estimated at just 160 individuals, is restricted to a small area in the Cordillera Central of Colombia and is heavily impacted by deforestation. It was rediscovered by Fundación ProAves’ President Alonso Quevedo who found a flock of 14 Fuertes’s Parrots and confirmed the survival of a species that had last been seen in 1911, thanks to support from Fundación Loro Parque.
The reserve in Quindío department is characterized by a spectacular landscape of montane forests and páramo, and is situated in the core of the species population – an area recognized as crucial for the species by the Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE). It consolidates a zone of more than 5,000 acres with municipality of Génova land that ProAves manages. A strategic high elevation forest corridor is established to assist the Fuertes’s Parrot survival. The area is also extremely important for the Golden-plumed Parakeet (Vulnerable), and Rufous-fronted Parakeet (endemic, EN).
Reserve is situated in the western flank of the Central Cordillera, one hour from the town of Génova between the elevations 2,277-3,908 meters. Temperatures vary from 6° to 15° C and the area is often shrouded in dense cloud which promotes epiphytes that Fuertes’s Parrot feeds Adopt a nest box email@example.com
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