Colombia is one of the world's megadiverse countries, hosting nearly 10 percent of the planet's biodiversity. It’s also the country with the widest variety of birds on Earth, hosting more than 1,950 species—including more than 200 migratory species and 80 endemics.
Half of the birds that breed in the United States and Canada rely on intact habitat in Latin America and the Caribbean for the majority of their lives. Colombia’s diverse geographies include important sites for Audubon’s coastal and forest priority species. By focusing on key sites in the country, we can help conserve essential wintering grounds for these species.
Like other countries that birds depend on in Latin America, Colombia has dynamic social, economic, and political conditions. The end of the country’s armed conflict has presented both conservation opportunities and challenges. Although scientific field research and bird tourism have flourished (prior to the Covid-19 pandemic), unsustainable agriculture, forestry, and mining increasingly threaten essential bird habitats. The region is also struggling with issues related to the impacts of climate change, such as water and food security.
Where We Work in Colombia
How We Work in Colombia
National Strategy for Bird Conservation
A coalition of organizations including Audubon, Instituto Humboldt, and the Red Nacional de Observadores de Aves, alongside many other stakeholders have come together to develop a new national strategy to address the critical needs of birds over the next decade. Read more about this work.
Focal Species in Colombia
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