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Conservation Spotlight
The critically-endangered Black-Breasted puffleg is a hummingbird, with a very limited range of distribution, threatened by tropical deforestation. Measuring 8-9cm, these pufflegs live off nectar and insects, nurturing only two white eggs per incubation cycle. Today, only around 250 individuals remain in the wild as of 2015, with the population diminishing 10-20% every decade. The species' habitat, unique to North-West Ecuador, has shrunk by 93-97% due to deforestation for agriculture expansion, logging, and cattle grazing. The Yanachocha Reserve, located near the Pichincha volcano in Ecuador, is one of few areas where small populations of the Black-Breasted puffleg still exist, making the reserve essential for the continual existence. Managed by the well renowned conservation group Fundación de Conservación Jocotoco, Yanacocha employs reforestation and natural regeneration to allow the reserve to recover from selective logging and paramo burning. 
Discover how you can get involved in the conservation of Black-Breasted puffleg and safeguarding of many other endemic species at:

  • Saustine Lusanzu

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    We should protect birds at all cost

    • Munene Mugambi

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      Be a hummingbird by taking steps to protect hummingbirds today

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