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Cast your vote to protect the Palkachupa Cotinga!

13 March, 2013 - 16:32 -- World Land Trust
Palkachupa Cotinga (Phibalura boliviana). © Asociación Armonía.

The fate of the Palkachupa Cotinga (Phibalura boliviana) is in our hands, now that a project to conserve its habitat has been shortlisted for a public vote.

The vote is organised by the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA), which every year funds three conservation projects.

The proprosal to secure habitat for the endangered Palkachupa Cotinga has been put forward by World Land Trust, which supports conservation efforts in Bolivia in partnership with Asociación Armonía.

Voting starts on Thursday 14 March 2013 and ends at noon on Thursday 28 March 2013

Vote for the Palkachupa Cotinga

For nearly a hundred years, the Palkachupa Cotinga was thought to have died out, and its rediscovery in 2000 has galvanised conservation efforts to save the species.

The bird is endemic to the Andean Cerrado woodland ecosystem in north western Bolivia where its population is estimated at fewer than 600 individuals.

The deforestation and fragmentation of the Andean Cerrado, due mainly to the expansion of agriculture and cattle ranching, is proving disastrous for the Palkachupa Cotinga.

Less than 20 per cent of the Andean Cerrado woodland ecosystem now remains, and while habitat clearance continues, time is running out.

However, with swift action to purchase land to create a Palkachupa Cotinga reserve, this precious species may yet survive.

The projects that win the most votes will receive funding of €30,000 euros from EOCA. This funding will enable Asociación Armonía to expand its existing 130 acre Andean Cerrado reserve by a further 158 acres, to reforest degraded areas, and to involve schools and members of the local community in tree planting and other conservation activities.

World Land Trust is calling on its supporters to vote for the Palkachupa Cotinga!

The Palkachupa Cotinga project is nominated in the Alpine category of EOCA's project vote.

More information on projects in this category »


Submitted by Brenty on

I have voted! I would be great if the World Land Trust could fundraise on your website for the Palkachupa Cotinga as well? It is one of Bolivia's rarest birds.

Submitted by Ruth Canning on

Great, thanks for voting. Let's hope we secure the much needed funding from the European Outdoor Conservation Group. If we are unsuccessful we will look to other funding sources. As you say, the Palkachupa Cotinga is one of Bolivia's rarest birds. Its habitat is being lost at an enormous rate and we must act now.

Submitted by Roger Kohn on

Simon Barnes' excellent Saturday Times (23 March) article about the plight of the palkachupa cotinga led me to cast my vote and make a donation. Thanks Simon.

Submitted by John A Burton on

Simon Barnes' article certainly stimulated a lot of people, and also made many more aware of the World Land Trust's work in general. There's a lot going on at present. From Leopard corridors in Armenia (we are meeting with a group of community leaders in a couple of weeks time), to the Emerald green Corridor of Misiones, Argentina, where yesterday the indigenous communities met with the biodiversity specialists to discuss moving forward with a management plan. In Mexico a destructive bark beetle is playing havoc with the forests, but in India, there have been exciting sightings of tigers. In a generally depressing world, it does feel as if we are achieving something. And at relatively low cost.

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