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  • The rose-headed parakeet (Pyrrhura rhodocephala) and the Mérida flower-piercer (Diglossa gloriosa) live in the montane evergreen, elfin and secondary forests as well as in the páramos.

    Venezuelan Andes montane forests

  • The cloud forest supports a wide diversity of fauna with such notable species as turkey vulture Cathartes aura, Andean guan Penelope montagnii, scarlet-fronted parakeet Aratinga wagleri, lyre-tailed nightjar Uropsalis lyra, marvellous spatuletail Loddigesia mirabilis (VU), cock-of-the-rock Rupicola peruviana, carbonated flower-piercer Diglossa carbonaria and hepatic tanager Piranga flava (Mittermeier, de Macedo and Luscombe, 1975).

    Rio Abiseo National Park, Peru

  • Endemic birds found in this ecoregion and the Central Andean Wet Puna ecoregion include the endangered Ash-breasted tit-tyrant (Anairetes alpinus); the critically threatened royal cinclodes (Cinclodes aricomae); the Berlepsch's canastero (Asthenes berlepschi), classified as vulnerable; and the line-fronted canastero (Asthenes urubambensis), scribble-tailed canastero (Asthenes maculicauda), short-tailed finch (Idiopsar bracyurus), and gray-bellied flower-piercer (Diglosa carbonaria), classified as species of least concern.

    Central Andean dry puna

  • Endemic species throughout the region include the endangered Ash-breasted tit-tyrant (Anairetes alpinus); the critically threatened royal cinclodes (Cinclodes aricomae); Berlepsch's canastero (Asthenes berlepschi) classified as vulnerable; line-fronted canastero (Asthenes urubambensis), olivaceous thornbill (Chalcostigma olivaceum), scribble-tailed canastero (Asthenes maculicauda), short-tailed finch (Idiopsar bracyurus), and gray-bellied flower-piercer (Diglosa carbonaria), classified as species of least concern.

    Central Andean wet puna

  • The scissor-tailed hummingbird (Hylonimpha macrocerca), paria whitestart (Myioborus pariae), Venezuelan flower-piercer (Diglosa venezuelensis), and grey-headed warbler (Basileuterus griseiceps) are in critical danger, and white-throated barbtail (Premnoplex tatei) is endangered.

    Cordillera La Costa montane forests

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  • A tanager-like bird; species were previously classified in the bunting and American sparrow family, but recent studies show that they belong in the Thraupidae family. The species include the Cinnamon-Bellied, Slaty, Rusty, Venezuelan, Chestnut-Bellied, White-Sided, Glossy, Moustached, Merida, Black, Black-Throated, Grey-Bellied, Scaled, and Greater Flower-Piercers.

    March 5, 2008