From Wildlife Extra:
First ever photos of the Recurve-billed Bushbird
This male Recurve-billed Bushbird (Clytoctantes alixii) was photographed by ProAves staff, Adriana Tovar and Luis Eduardo Uruena.
The publication of these photos is the first time this globally Endangered species has been captured on camera.
The Bushbird was observed in the 250 acre Hormiguero de Torcoroma Bird Reserve, near Ocana, North of Santander – an area discovered by Thomas Donegan and Blanca Huertas after a ProAves EBA expedition.
The population of the Bushbird was discovered by ornithologist Oscar Laverde during subsequent studies in the region in 2005-6.
This Bushbird inhabits a relic dry pre-montane cloud forest and is a very unique area predominantly covered with bamboo forest.
In December 2006, ProAves acquired this forest and established the reserve thanks to support from Robert Giles.
This Bushbird is found across the north of both Colombia and Venezuela but has a small distribution range.
The species is known for its reclusive behaviour and has therefore been difficult to observe.
However, it has been seen in mixed flocks including the brush-finches following ant trails and occasionally opening bamboo stems with its beak in the manner of an axe, to extract caterpillars, spiders and other insects.
See also here.
New population of Recurve-billed bushbird discovered on ProAves reserve: here.
On the ethics of collecting rare birds for science: here.