Bird of the Week, October 21, 2011
Gorgeted Wood-Quail


Gorgeted Wood-Quail, ProAves

 

The Gorgeted Wood-Quail is a small, ground-dwelling bird with distinctive black-and-white throat-bands.  It forages on the forest floor for fruit, seeds and arthropods. Its loud, rollicking song is typically heard during early morning.

 

The historic range of this wood-quail has been heavily degraded and fragmented by logging and land clearing for agriculture and pasture. Hunting has also contributed to the bird’s decline.

 

The same forests that shelter the Gorgeted Wood-Quail are also prime habitat for wintering Cerulean Warblers – another species in decline, and the only migrant songbird with a winter range restricted to South America.

 

ABC and our Colombian partner Fundación ProAves have protected nearly 500 acres of this threatened forest habitat with the establishment of the Cerulean Warbler Reserve in 2005. The reserve also now boasts a 45-acre shade coffee farm and visitor’s lodge so tourists can witness the spectacular biodiversity of the reserve in comfort. The Reserve buffers the nearly 200,000-acre Yariguíes National Park.

 

Studies conducted by ProAves in Yariguies have uncovered new populations of the Gorgeted Wood-Quail in the park.  Other endangered and endemic bird species, such as the Chestnut-bellied Hummingbird, Mountain Grackle, and Recurve-billed Bushbird, occur in the reserve and national park; good numbers of wintering neotropical migrants have been noted as well. Click here for more information on the Gorgeted Wood-Quail.

 

Visitors and birders are welcome at the Cerulean Reserve!

 

Photo: Gorgeted Wood-Quail, ProAves, proaves.org; Range Map, ABC