Stresemannís Bristlefront Conservation
Stresemann’s Bristlefront
Photo: One of the only known photos of a Stresemann's Bristlefront (female) by Ciro Ginez Albano, NE Brazil Birding


The Challenge

With less than 10% of the original Atlantic Rainforest remaining in the world, it is not surprising that the Stresemann’s Bristlefront Reserve’s spectacular forest in North East Brazil is packed with endangered birds, mammals, frogs, and plant species.  Identified as an Alliance for Zero Extinction conservation priority, this site is the sole habitat for the critically endangered Stressemann’s Bristlefront. The remaining habitat for this species is threatened by illegal logging, agricultural production, and forest fires.


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

In addition the critically endangered Stresemannís Bristlefront, other globally threatened species found here include the White-necked Hawk, Black-headed Berryeater, Fork-tailed Pygmy-tyrant, Banded Cotinga, and Bahia Spinetail, as well as the yellow-breasted capuchin monkey, maned three-toed sloth, Mirapitanga spiny-rat, giant armadillo, and thin-spined porcupine.

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Banded Cotinga by Ciro Albano



Prevent the extinction of the Stressemann’s Bristlefront by protecting additional habitat and educating the local communities on its conservation.

ABC Results

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To date, ABC and its in-country partner Fundaçao Biodiversitas have acquired 1,468 acres of core habitat for the Bristlefront and other endangered species.

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ABC and Biodiversitas are currently reforesting the reserves with native trees and shrubs.

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The recent purchase of a 479 acre property has nearly doubled the size of the Bristlefront reserve.  It includes untouched, humid Atlantic forest that will provide habitat for the bird and other endangered species.

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Surveys were conducted to assess Bristlefront population. As of January 2010, five females have been found in the Macarani/Bandeira area.


What Next?

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Identify potential new sites for the species.

What Next Button ABC is currently fundraising to purchase two additional properties totaling over 1,000 acres covered by pristine rainforest.
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Build a fire break around the reserve to prevent the loss of habitat from accidental and intentional fires.