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This Secondary Area is centred on Ayacucho, on the lower-middle Río Magdalena in César department of north-central Colombia (see map, p. 188). Ayacucho is the type- (and only known) locality for the threatened Magdalena Tinamou Crypturellus saltuarius (classified as Critical), known from just a single male collected in 1943 (taxonomy following Wetmore 1950, Collar et al. 1992). The type-locality is (or was) covered by low, dry, deciduous forest and savanna, and the species has therefore not been included within the nearby humid forested Nechí lowlands (EBA 037). The absence of protected areas in this region combined with the widespread clearance of the dry forest for cattle-ranching and farming means that this species, unknown in life, may already be extinct.
Important Bird Areas (IBAs)
Threat and conservation
BirdLife International (2019) Endemic Bird Areas factsheet: Lower Río Magdalena. Downloaded from
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