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Researchers find nests of Critically Endangered Tanager

The Cherry-throated Tanager’s population is estimated at 30-200 individuals by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Some believe this estimate to be very optimistic and that the number of mature individuals could be as low as 10-20. Whatever the exact number it is clearly an extremely rare bird and critically endangered. Cherry-throated Tanager, copyright […]

The Cherry-throated Tanager’s population is estimated at 30-200 individuals by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Some believe this estimate to be very optimistic and that the number of mature individuals could be as low as 10-20. Whatever the exact number it is clearly an extremely rare bird and critically endangered.

Cherry-throated Tanager, copyright Brendan Ryan, from the surfbirds galleries

Cherry-throated Tanager was only known from a single specimen, shot in 1870, before its stunning rediscovery in the 1990’s. It was then feared extinct as recently as 2019 and with just a handful of sightings in the last couple of years the future is still very uncertain for the species.

But there is new hope for the species after researchers working in a strip of Atlantic Forest, in the mountains of Espirito Santo in Brazil, found two nests during a recent survey.

Following the discovery researchers are now watching the nests 24 hours a day to try to keep the chicks safe from predators and human disturbance.

Marcelo Renan de Deus Santos, general coordinator of the Saíra Apunhalada Conservation Program (PCSA) and president of the Marcos Daniel Institute, who coordinate the species’ conservation program said: “It’s hard work, done on a daily basis by people extremely passionate about protecting endangered species and especially this one, which is the only bird that only exists here in Espírito Santo. If we can’t reverse its situation, it will disappear from the planet.”

 

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