Blue-Naped Chlorophonia at the El Dorado Lodge, located in Magdalena, Colombia // (c) 2013 IPC Raleigh / Flickr.com
Blue-Naped Chlorophonia at the El Dorado Lodge, located in Magdalena, Colombia // (c) 2013 IPC Raleigh / Flickr.com

Which country has the largest number of bird species?

Blue-Naped Chlorophonia at the El Dorado Lodge, located in Magdalena, Colombia // (c) 2013 IPC Raleigh / Flickr.com
Blue-Naped Chlorophonia at the El Dorado Lodge, located in Magdalena, Colombia // (c) 2013 IPC Raleigh / Flickr.com

A scientific publication recently confirmed that the official number of birds registered in Colombia has exceeded 1,900 species. This represents a new world record and establishes Colombia as the world’s most biodiverse country. A total of 1,903 species have now been recorded inside Colombia.

After 15 years of compilation, fieldwork and detailed revisions by the authors, these publications reveal Colombia to host almost one fifth (18%) of the 10,507 birds known on earth — astonishing when considering the South American nation represents just 0.8% of the entire earth’s surface. Colombia, with a landmass how many over the counter heasrtburn meds equal aciphex 20mg roughly equivalent to that of Texas and California combined, has registered almost twice as many bird species as the entire continental United States and Canada.

“Worryingly, 206 bird species in Colombia are at risk of extinction, including 59 endemic bird species restricted to the country” noted Dr. Paul Salaman, director of Rainforest Trust and an coauthor of the Checklist since 2001. “Fortunately, the Colombian bird conservation group, Fundación ProAves, has been working towards the protection of the most critically endangered birds in recent years with a network of 24 bird reserves established across the country to protect over 1,300 bird species.”

Coming in second place is Peru, with 1838 species and Brazil with 1798 species.

ProAves
www.proaves.org/?lang=en/