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Birds Observed at ProAves Reserves in Colombia by Frank Lambert, April-July 2007
This list follows the taxonomy of Clements (Clements, James F. 2000. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Fifth Edition. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Co., modified with some changes from Restall et al. 2006 (Restall, R., Rodner, C. & Lentino, M. 2006. Birds of Northern South America: An Identification Guide. Christopher Helm, London). This latter publication is the most useful field guide to use in Colombia because Hilty et al. (Hilty, S.L, Brown, W.L and Tudor, G. 1986. A Guide to the Birds of Colombia, Princeton University Press) is now more than 20 years old and there have been many changes in taxonomy as well as new species discovered in Colombia in that time. It is, however, still a very useful book to have with you on a trip to Colombia.
For a list of species reported by Nick Athanas and his group in February 2007, see his report at ecotours.com.co. The most useful list of species that occur in the reserves, is the bilingual list found in Salaman et al. 2007 (Salaman, P., Donegean, T. & Caro, D. 2007. Listado de Avifauna Colombiana, Conservación Suplemento, Marzo 2007), available from ProAves in Bogotá. There are, however, apparently some errors in that publication as regards which species occur in which reserves.
Abbreviations & Codes
E: Endemic to Colombia
VU: Considered Vulnerable by BirdLife International.
EN: Considered Endangered by BirdLife International.
CR: Considered Critically Endangered by BirdLife International.
M: Boreal migrant
1: Should be encountered at the site during a 2-3 full day visit*
2: Reasonable chance to encounter during a 2-3 full day visit *
3: Rare or difficult to see at the site, and hence more time may be necessary to find the species*
(*Note that some species may be more difficult to see or more easily seen at different times of the year, that I used playback to see certain species, and that I was alone. Some species may be more wary of a larger group of observers).
H: Heard only
?: Uncertain identification or questionable record (verification required)
A: RNA (Reserva Nacional Aves) El Paujil (18-25 Apr)
B: Cerulean Warbler Reserve (RNA Reinita Cielo Azul: 27 Apr-7 May) [includes birds seen above the reserve boundaries and in plantations that are not in the RNA]
C: Recurve-billed Bushbird Reserve (RNA El Hormiguero de Torcoroma: 9-16 May) A reserve of only 80ha. [includes birds seen in nearby scrub and forest patches that are not in the RNA but were within approx 500m of the boundaries. V indicates the species was seen in scrubby areas within 2km of the reserve, at lower elevations; A indicates the species was seen at higher elevation along the dirt road that passes through the reserve (but within 3km of the reserve).]
D: Clarito Botero, near Ibague (18-23 May) (probably a future ProAves reserve)
E: Fuertes's Parrot Reserve (RNA El Mirador: 25 May-4 June), Jardin 5-6 June J indicates the species was only seen close to Jardin, two hours walk down from El Mirador. The numbers assume a visit to 3,750m in the paramo. A few of the species are not found any lower than this.
F: Chestnut-capped Piha Reserve (RNA Arrierito Antioqueño: 8-18 June)
G: Yellow-eared Parrot Reserve (RNA Loro Orejiamarillo: 19-23 June)
H: Dusky-Starfrontlet Reserve (RNA Colibrí del Sol: 25-28 June)
I: El Dorado (Santa Marta: 1–6 July)