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LIBANO AREA

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# Species*:87
# Excl Vagrants*:87
# Endemics*:6
# Near Endemics*:9
*Based on partial or incomplete data.
Habitat: Remnant forest, cultivated land

ABOUT THE BIRDING

Libano is an important site for two key endemics, Tolima Dove and Yellow-headed Brush-Finch, both found only in the Tolima Department of Colombia. This region is so heavily deforested that it's difficult to find any remaining habitat where these species are found. Several very small remnant patches of forest remain on the slopes of steep gullies outside Libano. The Yellow-headed Brush-Finch is common in forest edge and established secondary growth. Tolima Dove is more secretive and more difficult to find but can sometimes be flushed from the forest floor. It's also possible to find the endemic Indigo-capped Hummingbird, Blossomcrown, Apical Flycatcher, Yellow-headed Manakin, Crested Ant-Tanager, and Velvet-fronted Euphonia in the same forest patches.

LOCATION OF SITE

Libano is a small town located about 40 km southwest of Mariquita in the Magdalena Valley. Mariquita is about a 4-hour drive northeast of Bogota.