RESERVE BIRDS OF SOATA: Saving three species in Colombia.

Chestnut Bellied Hummingbird, Niceforo’s Wren and Mountain Grackle

The Chestnut Bellied Hummingbird inhabits promontane  forests occurring principally between 2400 and 1800 m. Evidence  that the Amazilia castaneiventris “should” not be rare due to a specialized diet and the most frequently used, “ Yatago” Tricanthera gigantea ( Pic) are widely distributed in the A. castaneiventris  range. It is likely that flowering patterns of these and other species are responsible for the seasonal movements of the species; this is supported by the fact that most records of the species from Yanacocha occur after May when flowering peaks in the area.

Niceforo's WrenNiceforo’s Wren
The highest altitudinal record was at 2000 m in vereda La Costa ( Soata), and the lowest altitudinal record was at 1800 m. The largest group recorded was 20 birds recorded in a river forest in tree of  Tricanthera gigantea and Pithecellobium dulce. Niceforos Wrens were mainly recorded singing in the morning.

Other great Birds, reserve Birds of Soata, endemic and endangered! … Mountain Grackle, Black Inca Hummingbird, Rusty Faced Parrot and Flame winged parakeets.

We would like to thank several individuals and organizations who provided advice, support, resources, logistical help and encouragement throughout the period of this project. These include the important contribution of Neotropical Bird Club, The Birdfair/RSPB Research Fund for Endangered Birds, American Bird Conservancy and Birders Exchange which made possible field research and information gathering. Special thanks to family Sanabria and Marquez  and all volunteers for their hard work in the field. The Sanabria Family, gave permission to work on their property and Alcaldia Municipal de Soata, for their genuine interest in the protection of the species which lead them to support this study.