Helmeted Curassow Reserve
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Site evaluation:
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Elevation: 600-1500 m
Climate: Warm and humid
Trails: Basic
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Hot water: Yes
Electricity: Yes
Communications: Cell phone
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Region: Magdalena Valley

Location: Cerro de la Paz, Dept of Santander

Summary: This is a new reserve located very close to the Cerulean Warbler Bird Reserve. However, this reserve protects a key fragment of humid foothill forest, and is both an important wintering site for migratory birds and home to lower elevation resident species such as the endangered Northern Helmeted Curassow.

Endemics: Chestnut-bellied Hummingbird, White-mantled Barbet.

Key Species: Northern Helmeted Curassow, Saffron-headed Parrot

Access: 45 minutes by 4x4 vehicle from the town of San Vicente de Chucuri and 2 hours from Bucaramanga.

Site Description: From the reserve cabin, it is a 30-45 minutes walk up the Lengerke trail to the main ridge along Cerro de la Paz. This razor-backed ridge makes excellent birding or continue along the Lengerke trail to drop into primary lowland forest. Saffron-headed Parrots are quite common along the ridge trail and easily seen, while the Northern Helmeted Currassow, while present, is quite difficult to locate. There are also reports of Blue-billed Currassow in this area. The forest contains species typical of Middle Magdalena humid forest including White-mantled Barbets and good numbers of toucans, antbirds, flycatchers and more.

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