First ever photos of the Recurve-billed Bushbird of South America

Female recurve-billed bushbirdFrom 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.

Update: here.

And here.

And here.

New population of Recurve-billed bushbird discovered on ProAves reserve: here.

On the ethics of collecting rare birds for science: here.

1 thought on “First ever photos of the Recurve-billed Bushbird of South America

  1. EcoTurs Colombia arranges birding and wildlife ecotours across Colombia, especially tours to the ProAves reserves that protect the most endangered biodiversity.
    Whether you want a birding tour to see the rare endemic birds (or amphibians), or just want to enhance your holiday experience by visiting Colombia’s spectacular forests in safety, EcoTurs is the way to travel.

    We believe that sustainable ecotourism working closely with local communities is essential for bird conservation in Colombia and work with American Bird Conservancy to ensure 100% of profits support ProAves reserves.
    Ecoturs Colombia is a new company founded in 2006 and our initial focus is on birding tours and arranging private trips to the ProAves reserves. However during 2008 we will run some ecotours with a focus on general wildlife and photography looking for some of the endangered amphibian species in ProAves reserves.
    Nice to see my name on your blog, but even better if we could get some of you out to
    see these birds.


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