New plans for rare tanager
The BirdLife Brazil Program has been promoting a workshop on the conservation of the Cherry-throated Tanager, one of Brazil's most threatened birds.
This groundbreaking initiative took place in the city of Vila Velha, Espírito Santo State at the end of September 2004 and represents the first effective action towards the conservation of this species since its rediscovery in 1998. The event was developed with the participation of three leading local organisations, the Instituto Ambiental Cafundó (IAC), Faunativa, and Instituto de Vivência Ambiental (IN VIVA).
The Cherry-throated Tanager Nemosia rourei was first described at the end of the 19th century, from the State of Minas Gerais. It was not seen again until the 1940s, when it disappeared once again. Many researchers considered it extinct when, more than forty years later in 1998, it was rediscovered in small numbers at Fazenda Pindobas IV by researchers Ana Cristina Venturini, Claudia Bauer, Fernando Pacheco and Pedro Paz. In September 2003, small numbers were also discovered in the Caetés region. The species is classified by BirdLife as Critically Endangered.
The workshop highlighted the importance of creating local awareness of the Cherry-throated Tanager's plight, as well as involving local communities in its conservation. The creation of nature reserves is also of paramount importance as the species does not currently occupy any public or private protected areas. Further scientific research focusing on the tanager's biology and the search for other sites where it might occur are also vital steps towards saving this beautiful species.
The Cherry-throated Tanager feasibility study and workshop were funded through a CEPF grant on 'Expanding the site conservation network in the Atlantic Forest hotspot'