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

The first Chestnut-capped Piha ringed at the Reserve of its name

24 January, 2008


Monday 28 January 2008.

The Chestnut-capped Piha Reserve was created due to the urgency to conserve one of the most threatened and important ecosystems in the Central Cordillera of Colombia, especially the Chestnut-capped Piha (Lipaugus weberi).

This species is little known and it had never been captured in the Reserve before, but, fortunately, this was achieved on December 2, 2007. The individual was a juvenile and determination of his age was easy with the amount of brown on the crown and plumage state. The data was collected and is still being monitored.


The first Chesnut-capped Piha ringed at the Arrierito Antioqueño Bird Reserve.

The capture was made by the Coordinator of the Reserve, Christian Olaciregui, in a ridge of the mountains in the interior forest. The capture revealed once again the habitat of this species, which is highly dependent on forests and whose populations have been affected by deforestation and habitat fragmentation.

The Chestnut-capped Piha Reserve is an Important Bird Area (IBA) and an AZE site, and is a very diverse area and priority for the conservation not only of birds but many amphibians and other species.

The establishment of the Reserve has been possible thanks to the support of: