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Photograph of Black-and-gold Tanager (Bangsia melanochlamys)

Negotiations to purchase land to extend Las Tangaras reserve in Colombia are nearing completion thanks to support from World Land Trust (WLT). Funds to extend the reserve have been raised through WLT’s Buy an Acre Appeal.

Las Tangaras is one of the most diverse tropical forest sites on earth. It consists of humid forest, wet forest and lower montane forest in an area of more than 7,000 acres (2832 hectares) that ranges from 1,250 to 3,400 metres above sea level.

Las Tangaras Bird Reserve was created in October 2009 by ProAves, WLT’s conservation partner in Colombia, to protect the habitat of two endemic bird species: Black-and-gold Tanager (Bangsia melanochlamys) and Golden-ringed Tanager (Bangsia aureocinta).

As well as safeguarding a wealth of biodiversity, Las Tangaras Reserve also protects the watershed of the Rio Atrato. This is the Chocó’s most important river and provides water for communities and wildlife in the region.

Extraordinary diversity of bird life

Some 250 species of birds are found in the reserve. Other highlights are Chocó Vireo (Vireo Masteri), Purple-mantled Tanager (Iridosornis porphyrocephala), Indigo Flower-Piercer (Diglossa Indigotica) and Fulvous-dotted Treerunner (Margaronis stellatus).

The reserve is also known for several species of hummingbirds including Brown Inca (Coeligena wilsonii), Velvet-purple Coronet (Boissaneaua Jardini) and Empress Brilliant (Heliodoxa imperatrix).

In recent years WLT has worked closely with ProAves to protect threatened Chocó Forest in Colombia.

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WLT works with partner organisations across the world to help fund land purchase and create nature reserves to protect threatened habitats and wildlife. By donating  to WLT’s Buy an Acre fund you can help the Trust create or extend reserves. You can donate as little £25 and buy quarter of an acre. Please help save the planet’s threatened wilderness.

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Las Tangaras is a bird watchers’ paradise, and offers accommodation and guides for bird and wildlife enthusiasts. Find out more about visiting Las Tangaras »