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PIHA – SUSTAINABILITY AND CONSERVATION

The Chestnut-capped Piha Bird Reserve was created to protect the habitat of Chestnut-capped Piha (Lipaugus weberi), on 27 November 2006. It has an area of approximately 3.271 acres and is classified according to the Alliance for Zero Extinction as an AZE site.

Consists of primary forests, secondary forests and grasslands undergoing some regeneration. Predominantly its relief is mountainous, with about 60% of the land with slopes, 30% hills and 10% flat.

As for frogs, there are seven vulnerable species, four endangered and five that have not yet been formally described; it is believed that at least one of them belongs to one of the most threatened groups of frogs, of the genus Atelopus, which lives only in this region.

You can spot the Black Tinamou (Tinamus osgoodi), Sharpbill (Oxyruncus cristatus), the Stiles’s Tapaculo (Scytalopus Stilesi), the Parker’s Antbird (Cercomacra parkeri), the Bicoloured Hawk (Accipiter bicolor), the Red-bellied Grackle (Hypopyrrhus pyrohypogaster) Multicolored Tanager (Chlorochrysa nitidísima), the Black-and-gold Tanager (Bangsia melanochlamys) and Cerulean Warbler (Dendroica cerulea), a migratory species that visit the reserve in non-breeding season.

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