THE highland roller (Columbina cyanopis) is one of birds more rare in the world and was missing for almost a century until a small population was rediscovered in May 2015 in Minas Gerais. Due to its rarity, the species was listed in the Probably Extinct category, according to the Brazilian Ministry of Environment. According to the BirdLife / IUCN list the species is considered Critically Threatened (CR). The rediscovery of the plateau roller was one of the most important ornithological finds of the last decades, having great international repercussion. Now the challenge is to develop conservation actions that ensure the protection of the population found and the habitat where they live *.
Since May 2015, when Rafael Bessa rediscovered the species, the SAVE Brasil has been working to measure how many individuals there are in nature and where they are. After intense searches, Botumirim, a small municipality in the north of Minas Gerais, was named as the only place with records of the species so far. It was clear that this population needed protection, so a nature reserve was created, a private property of 593 hectares. THE Reserve turtledoveplateau, which in the future will be a Private Natural Heritage Reserve, protects the only known population of the species *.
The project #8220; Saving the Plateau Roller and its Unique Habitat & #8221;, which is supported by CEPF Cerrado and executed by SAVE Brasil, has as its main objective to promote long-term conservation of the Cerrado in the plateau reddiscovery area, with special attention to the protection of this species, which is critically endangered. extinction.
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* Adapted from text provided by SAVE Brasil.