In 2001, a ProAves expedition described the elegant Chestnut-capped Piha from a tiny fragmented forest in the north-eastern most Central Andes. The region’s fertile subtropical soils and rich gold deposits had resulted in extensive deforestation with few surviving forests. Surveys of remnant forests here discovered that a suit of endemic bird and amphibian species are severely threatened here.
ProAves acquired a core forest remnant of 1,300 acres to protect the Piha and established a network of trails along ridges and streams to encounter this and other key species.
The reserve has a colonial farmhouse and a new accommodation block with three comfortable rooms and bathrooms for seven visitors.
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