ABC protects hummingbird in Peru
Despite its remote location, the area where the hummingbird lives is already known to birdwatchers. In order to find the species, it is often necessary to commission the services of one of the world’s youngest bird guides, 10-year-old Solomon Ortiz-Perez, who for a small fee will lead eager groups of bird tourists up steep slopes to search for the bird. The spatuletail is fast becoming a flagship species for tourism in the area and has already appeared in travel advertisements in American magazines that aim to attract keen birdwatchers to the bird’s remote habitat. It has also been declared the “Regional Bird” for Peru’s Amazonas region.
“The new easement represents a major step forward for conservation and bird tourism in northern Peru which for years has been off the main tourist trails. The Marvelous Spatuletail is the Machu Picchu of the bird world. It is the ultimate hummingbird for most birdwatchers because of its rarity, ridiculously spectacular tail, and vibrant plumage” said Mike Parr of ABC. “By protecting the species’ habitat, we can help ecosystem conservation and bring much-needed tourist income to local families.”
Marvelous Spatuletail courtesy of Heinze Plenge; Solomon Ortiz-Perez courtesy of Mike Parr