Dr Niels Krabbe recently wrote to the WLT with some exciting findings from the remoter parts of the new WLT-funded reserve at Tapichalaca, Ecuador.
The first scientist to explore this remote area, Dr Krabbe (co-author of "The Birds of the High Andes") told us:
"We had a fine trip to the paramo. It took three days to cut the trail. The first two days were sunny, the rest of the time it rained and was foggy. There was a pair of tapirs with a young right next to the second camp. I got there in time to see the grass move after they had entered a thicket!"
Dr Krabbe reported the following bird sightings:
Masked Saltator, Greater Scythebill, Solitary Eagle, Swallow-tailed Kite, Imperial Snipe, Neblina Metaltail, Masked Mountain-tanager, Grass Wren, Many-striped Canastero, Andean Hillstar, Glossy Flowerpiercer, Rainbow bearded Thornbill, Andean Snipe, White-throated Screech-owl, Band-winged Nightjar, Great Sapphirewing, Slate-crowned Antpitta, Tawny Antpitta, Paramo Tapaculo, White-throated Tyrannulet, Brown-backed Chat-tyrant and Brown-bellied Swallow.
According to Dr Nigel Simpson, Trustee of the World Land Trust and Fundación Jocotoco, these sightings confirm the presence of four endangered or near-threatened bird species in the reserve. These are:
- Masked Mountain-Tanager (globally vulnerable)
- Neblina Metaltail (a high altitude near-threatened hummingbird)
- Greater Scythebill (near-threatened)
- Imperial Snipe (near-threatened)
Including these species, there are now ten Red Data Book bird species confirmed on the expanded reserve.
Read more about these sightings in the press release Sightings of Threatened wildlife on new reserve in Ecuador. For general project information, see the Ecuador project pages.