BIRD OF THE WEEK: 4/24/2015
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Grallaria ridgelyi
POPULATION: 150-700 individuals
IUCN STATUS: Endangered
HABITAT: Wet, montane evergreen forest with bamboo understory
The distinctive Jocotoco Antpitta was discovered only in 1997. The name Jocotoco is onomatopoeic for its song, and the species name, ridgelyi, recognizes Dr. Robert Ridgely, one of its discoverers.
Found only in Ecuador and Peru, the Jocotoco Antpitta has an extremely small range that is threatened by habitat loss and degradation from agriculture, logging, and mining.
Fundación Jocotoco was established in 1998 to protect the newly discovered species and its habitat on the east slope of the Ecuadorian Andes — land that became the Tapichalaca Biological Reserve. More recently, Jocotoco Antpittas have been observed in Podocarpus National Park, which borders the reserve.
ABC has partnered with Fundación Jocotoco from its inception, supporting the creation of Tapichalaca and nine other reserves in Ecuador, including Buenaventura, Jorupe, and Río Canandé, which protect other endangered bird species and habitats.
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With support from ABC and World Land Trust, Fundación Jocotoco has reforested more than 100 acres of the reserve with more than 100,000 trees. Guards maintain feeding stations for the Jocotoco Antpitta and other species, as well as nest boxes for Golden-plumed Parakeets and hummingbird feeders.
The reserve has a comfortable lodge for visitors, whose support helps to maintain this unique reserve. Visit Conservation Birding to find out more on planning your stay!
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