Eye on conservation: Valuable land added to species-rich reserve in Brazil
American Bird Conservancy press release
Six rare birds listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, publisher of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, will benefit from an expansion of Brazil’s Serra Bonita Reserve.
The reserve sits in an area already designated an Important Bird Area. It is located in the Serra Bonita Mountain Range, one of the last remnants of moist submontane Atlantic rain forest in the eastern state of Bahia. The range is part of the once-vast Brazilian Atlantic Forest biome, which contains the highest levels of biological diversity and endemism in the entire Western Hemisphere.
Wildlife surveys conducted across an area roughly five times the size of New York’s Central Park have found 330 species of birds, 458 species of trees, and the world’s greatest collection of moths and butterflies. The area is estimated to contain a staggering 5,000 species, more than the number found in all of North America.
About 400 species of birds inhabit the entire mountain range. Nine are threatened, and 59 are endemic to the Atlantic Forest. The six birds of conservation concern are the endangered Bahia Tyrannulet and the vulnerable Pink-legged Graveteiro, Plumbeous Antvireo, and Salvadori’s Antwren, and two vulnerable seedeaters attracted to the area’s seeding bamboo: Buffy-fronted Seedeater and Temminck’s Seedeater…
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photo of red necked tanager by Dave Krueper