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Gorgeted Wood-Quail up close and personal

Thursday 3 June 2010.

The Gorgeted Wood-Quail is endemic to Colombia and highly Endangered. Feral dogs, that were attacking this species frequently, have been controlled and now the population is showing signs of recovery in the Reinita Cielo Azul Reserve. View the first ever photograph of a couple with their five young at one of our feeders.

With the aim of documenting aspects of their behavior and capture evidence of any feral dogs or hunters in the reserve, two camera traps were installed in the Reinita Cielo Azul Bird Reserve. They have been able to capture unique images of the Gorgeted Wood-Quail about which little is known.

Odontophorus

In the picture we can see a family of seven individuals, with both adult female and male plus five chicks. This gives us hope that conservation actions to trap and control feral dogs and educate hunters has been successful.

The Gorgeted Wood-Quail (Odontophorus strophium) (EN) continues at serious risk due to factors affecting the reduction of its population, such as hunting and habitat loss due to deforestation for the establishment of grassland and farmland. This is why ProAves continues to perform specific actions for conservation and environmental education in the community and in schools where the children get to know the species and learn to take care of it sharing their knowledge with their families.

This project is been conducted by ProAves and Proyecto YARE, which is supported by the Conservation Leadership Program and American Bird Conservancy.

With the support of:

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