Iquitos Gnatcatcher
Iquitos Gnatcatcher
Photo: Iquitos Gnatcatcher by José Álvarez Alonso


The Challenge

The Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve in Peru’s northern Amazon is recognized by the Alliance for Zero Extinction as the only known locality for the Critically Endangered Iquitos Gnatcatcher. Only 15 pairs have been located, and fewer than 50 pairs may exist, almost all within the white-sand forests of the eastern portion of the reserve, despite apparently unoccupied suitable habitat further west. Much of the Iquitos Gnatcatcher’s habitat is on privately owned lands within the reserve, which is degraded by cutting trees for timber, charcoal production, and clearance for agriculture.


ABC Conservation Framework

Efforts to save this species comes under Safeguarding the Rarest within ABC's Conservation Framework
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Primary Birds Impacted

In addition to the Iquitos Gnatcatcher (CR), the reserve’s forests harbor many other white-sand specialists and other native species including the Amazonian Parrotlet (NT), Mishana Tyrannulet (VU), Ancient Antwren (NT) , Allpahuayo Antbird (VU), Chimney Swift (NT), and Common Nighthawk, , as well as neotropical migrants.

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By purchasing these properties from willing sellers, ABC and its local partner ProNaturaleza can prevent the continued degradation of the most critical part of the reserve for the gnatcatcher, and begin the process of conservation-related development to assist local communities through the creation of ecotourism jobs and other community programs.

ABC Results

ABC Results Button In 2010, ABC helped ProNaturaleza purchase 2,368 acres of private land remaining within the eastern portion of the Allapahuayo Mishana reserve to protect critical white-sand forest habitat for the Iquitos Gnatcatcher and other threatened birds. These lands will be donated to the reserve.
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ABC supported ProNaturaleza, SERNANP, and other local groups to conduct training programs for reserve guards, and environmental education programs for surrounding communities.  A new tourism plan has been created and the reserve management plan updated; both are now being implemented. 

ABC Results Button In 2012, ABC supported ProNaturaleza to hire a team of experts to conduct bird surveys within the eastern portion of the reserve. Unfortunately, only 5 individuals were detected


What Next?

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The Reserve must continue to implement its management and tourism plans to ensure protection of the reserve's natural resources.