After recovery of Ciénega de Palagua, Chavarríes return to nest

The activities implemented within the program for the protection and conservation of ecosystems have an effect in the Ciénaga de Palagua, in Puerto Boyacá, where a pair of Chavarríes birds was recently seen that used the recovered habitat to reproduce, thus showing the success in the recovery of the ecosystems of the region.

The Chauna Chavaria, better known as Chavarri, is a bird that lives in the northeastern areas of Venezuela and northern Colombia. It is classified as an almost endemic species in the country, that is, it can only be found in this region.

The Chavarrí lives in marshy areas, wetlands, around lagoons with extensive vegetation, on the banks of rivers and in open or wooded areas. The main threats to this species are the loss of its habitat due to the drainage of wetlands for agriculture and livestock, and illegal hunting at the regional level.

According to ICESI University, In Colombia this bird can be found in lowlands and plains up to 200 meters above sea level, in the Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta and in various areas of the Middle Magdalena Valley.as is the case of the Ciénaga de Palagua.

It is a herbivorous species that feeds on semi-aquatic vegetation, including plants such as clove from the swamp or chabarril, watercress, yarumo and ray leaves. On this same vegetation they also build their nests, where they lay from 2 to 7 eggs, mainly during the months of October and November, although in some areas of the country such as the department of Cesar, local residents report that the time of greatest reproduction of the Chavarrí occurs between December and February.

The incubation period for Chavarrí eggs can last between 42 and 44 days. At birth, the young have a light yellow plumage, which changes to gray during the growth phases. In its adult phase, this bird is distinguished by its black and dark gray plumage, white throat and a reddish coloration on the legs and around the eyes.


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The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) estimates that there is a population of more than 5,000 Chavarríes in Colombia. However, it warns that this population is in decline and therefore cataloged the Chavarrí as a Near Threatened species, in the most recent version of its Red List of Threatened Species, published in 2016. For its part, the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development considers the Chavarrí as a Vulnerable species, which means that it faces a high risk of extinction.

Through the fauna monitoring implemented by Mansarovar since 2015, the presence of this type of birds was evidenced in the Ciénaga de Palagua, where a family of Chavarríes composed of two adult birds and their chicks was sighted.

These birds were found in recovered habitats that are part of the areas classified as sensitive ecosystems for Mansarovar, which in its effort to preserve nature carries out various activities such as training and learning programs with schools in its area of ​​direct influence, training for the communities and cleaning tasks of the taruya in the swamp, all oriented to the conservation and recovery of ecosystems.

For Mansarovar Energy, which has developed a strong campaign for the conservation of the Chavarrí and its natural habitat, denoting its importance for ecosystems, these types of sightings mean good news for everyone in the region.

These recovery actions are part of the portfolio of the environmental biodiversity program of the multinational specialist in heavy oil, which includes a series of environmental activities in pursuit of the recovery of ecosystems that are a priority for the communities, as well as their monitoring through indicators. and results monitoring.

Likewise, Mansarovar has stated that it will continue its operations in the territory from Campo Velázquez, in Puerto Boyacá, always promoting the development of the Colombian oil industry through responsible practices and sustainable management of the production and transportation of hydrocarbons, committed to the environment and the social fabric in the regions where it is present.