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Sites - Pauxi pauxi Bird Reserve

Site evaluation: 3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars
Elevation: 600-1500 m
Climate: Warm and humid
Trails: Basic
Accommodation: 2 Stars 2 Stars
Food: 2 Stars 2 Stars
Hot water: Yes
Electricity: Yes
Communications: Cell phone
Region: Magdalena valley
Location: Cerro de la Paz, Dept of Santander
Summary: This is a new reserve located very close to the Cerulean Warbler Bird Reserve. However, this reserve protects a key fragment of humid foothill forest, and is both an important wintering site for migratory birds and home to lower elevation resident species such as the endangered Northern Helmeted Curassow.
Endemics: Chestnut-bellied and Indigo-capped Hummingbird, White-mantled Barbet., Beautiful Woodpecker, Sooty Ant-Tanager, Turqouise Dacnis
Key Species: Northern Helmeted Curassow, Rufous-crested Coquette, Saffron-headed Parrot, Slaty-winged Foliage-gleaner, Bar-crested Antshrike, Recurve-billed Bushbird, Dull-mantled Antbird, Striped and White-bibbed Manakins, Rufous-naped Greenlet, Yellow-browed Shrike-Vireo, Yellow-tufted Dacnis
Access: 45 minutes by 4x4 vehicle from the town of San Vicente de Chucuri and 2 hours from Bucaramanga.
Site Description: This reserve is a new one, and trail construction is still in process. However, initial expeditions have uncovered the presence of many interesting humid forest species in the area.

From the reserve cabin, it is a 30-45 minute walk up the Lengerke trail to the main ridge along Cerro de la Paz. This razor-backed ridge makes excellent birding -- it is also possible to continue along the Lengerke trail to drop into primary lowland forest.

Saffron-headed Parrots are regular along the ridge trail and are frequently seen. The reserve's namesake, the Northern Helmeted Currassow, is quite difficult to locate and may no longer exist in the more accessible corners of the reserve. There are also reports of Blue-billed Currassow in this area. The forest contains species typical of Middle Magdalena humid forest. Beautiful Woodpecker, Turquoise and Yellow-tufted Dacnises, Rufous-naped Greenlet and Bar-crested Antshrike are most apparent in the open pastures and regenerating forests, while White-mantled Barbets, Citron-throated and Black-mandibled Toucans, Collared Aracari, Dull-mantled Antbird, Striped, White-bibbed and White-bearded Manakins and Sooty Ant-Tanager can be found in the forest. Northern Royal Flycatchers call from dark gullies, while Song and Sooty-headed Wrens, and Southern Bentbill are regularly encountered. Uncommon specialties include Crimson-bellied Woodpecker and Recurve-billed Bushbird.

Mixed flocks contain a large variety of Neotropical migrants from October to April -- the Cerulean Warbler is regularly seen here. Other common species found in mixed flocks include Golden-green Woodpecker, Slaty-winged Foliage-Gleaner, Tawny-faced Gnatwren and Yellow-browed Shrike Vireo.

If you are lucky enough to encounter a flowering tree that attracts hummingbirds, you are likely to find good numbers of Chestnut-bellied Hummingbirds and small numbers of Indigo-capped Hummingbird, Rufous-crested Coquette and Green Thorntail among several others.
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