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Colombian inter-Andean valleys
Country/Territory Colombia
Area 31,000 
Altitude 200 - 1,700m  
Priority high 
Habitat loss major 
Knowledge good 

General characteristics 

This EBA is situated in Colombia between the main Andean ranges, embracing the Pat

Restricted-range species 

Of the restricted-range species, the requirements of Cypseloides lemosi are essentially unknown, although most observations have historically been made over dry non-forest areas at the head of the Cauca valley (Collar et al. 1992). Both Myiarchus apicalis and Euphonia concinna rely on the dry, more open vegetation characteristic of the valley bottoms and dry side valleys, with Picumnus granadensis also able to exist in some more humid situations. The clearance of humid forest on the slopes of the Andes in this area has led to the expansion of dry secondary forest up-slope from this EBA, and consequently some of the endemics in this area are starting to occur at similar altitudes to the endemics in the adjacent but higher-altitude Colombian inter-Andean slopes (EBA 040). This is the case with Myiarchus apicalis, which primarily occurs below 1,700

Species IUCN Category
White-chested Swift (Cypseloides lemosi)  LC 
Greyish Piculet (Picumnus granadensis)  LC 
Apical Flycatcher (Myiarchus apicalis)  LC 
Velvet-fronted Euphonia (Euphonia concinna)  LC 

Important Bird Areas (IBAs)

IBA Code Site Name Country
  Hacienda El Hatico  Colombia 
CO027  Reserva Natural Laguna de Sonso  Colombia 
CO028  Reserva Forestal Yotoco  Colombia 
CO047  Bosques del Oriente de Risaralda  Colombia 
CO081  Bosques de Tolemaida, Piscilago y alrededores  Colombia 
CO125  Enclave Seco del Río Dagua  Colombia 
CO132  Haciendas Ganaderas del Norte del Cauca  Colombia 
CO162  Reserva Natural Cajibío  Colombia 

Threats and conservation 

All three valleys (Cauca, Magdalena and Pat

Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Endemic Bird Area factsheet: Colombian inter-Andean valleys. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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