Posted by: aboutbirds | October 9, 2009

Rare Birds in Peru to Receive Protected Habitat

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The Marvelous Spatuletail, an amazing hummingbird species, along with other rare bird species are receiving plots of land in the Marañon–Alto Mayo Conservation Corridor. Currently, many of these species, such as the Marvelous Spatuletail (endemic to Peru), have no protected habitat. Another species that is only found in the area is the Long-whiskered Owlet.

The conservation corridor in Peru covers over six million acres of diverse land types. High conservation priority places are the Sechura Desert, Tumbes-Piura dry forests, Marañon dry forests, and Peruvian Yungas.

The study conducted by the coalition of the American Bird Conservancy and the Peruvian group the Asociación Ecosystemas Andinos (ECOAN) shows that 64 species of birds in the area are of conservation importance. 28 of the species are very high conservation priority. Also, 26 of those species are endemic to Peru, which makes them even more important.

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Using the research as a guide, “the researchers projected the potential range for these highest priority species. Based on these ranges, from one to seven potential conservation areas for each species were identified. These individual areas were then overlain to select the ten highest priority areas which are being proposed for a wide array of conservation strategies, from strict protected area status to sustainable conservation programs, and community owned nature reserves.”

This study is very important because it highlights the need to conserve more species. It showed that there was a lack of conservation in the area and I’m sure it is not the only country that has conservation issues like this.

More research, like this, needs to be done in other countries so that their birds can have the habitat they need. Habitat loss is one of the main issues affecting not only birds, but other animal populations.

Click here for the report.

Top picture: Roger Ahlman

Bottom picture: Asociación Ecosistemas Andinos (ECOAN)

Kingfisher2_thumb.png‘Till next time – enjoy!

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