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BUSHBIRD RESERVE

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Area (ha):80
# Species*:105
# Excl Vagrants*:105
# Endemics*:1
# Near Endemics*:10
Species/100 ha*:131.3
*Based on partial or incomplete data.
Habitat: Subtropical dry forest, bamboo

ABOUT THE BIRDING

The Bushbird Reserve is named after the species it's meant to protect, the Recurved-billed Bushbird. This very unusual antbird with the strangely thick, upcurved bill, was known only from specimens and a single sighting in 1965 until it was rediscovered in 2003. It lives in dense grass-like bamboo, which predominates in the reserve. A second endangered bird, the Perija (Todd's) Parakeet is also found in the reserve. This bird is currently considered part of the Painted Parakeet complex but is a likely future split into a separate species.

Other notable birds in the reserve are the near endemic Black-fronted Wood-Quail, Gray-throated Warbler, and Moustached Brush-Finch along with range-restricted species such as Lazuline Sabrewing, Rufous-shafted Woodstar, Golden-breasted Fruiteater, Black-headed Tanager, and Moustached Brush-Finch.

A nearby birding locale near Pueblo Nuevo is a good place to look for Todd's Parakeet and other species such as Ruby-topaz Hummingbird, White-whiskered Spinetail, Curve-billed Scythebill, Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant, Black-faced Tanager, and Rosy Thrush-Tanager.

LOCATION OF SITE

The Recurved-billed Bushbird Reserve (RNA Hormiguero de Torcoroma) is located just 20 min from the colonial town of Ocaña, which is about 5 hours north of Bucaramanga.