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Ruby Topaz Hummingbird (Chrysolampis mosquitus) Ruby Topaz Hummingbird (Chrysolampis mosquitus) Source: Medellin Secretary of Environment

Medellin Mayor’s Office Celebrates Return of Rare, Long-Lost Hummingbird

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In another sign of growing efforts to promote environmental conservation and related eco-oriented tourism here, the Medellin Mayor’s Office on October 26 announced the rediscovery of a rare hummingbird in the El Volador nature reserve inside the city.

“After 15 years, the ‘Ruby Topaz’ hummingbird [Chrysolampis mosquitus] returned to the Cerro El Volador regional nature park,” the Mayor’s Office announced..

“According to the Biodiversity Information System, 6.4% of Colombia's biodiversity is found in Medellín. The Mayor’s Office has approximately COP$1 billion [US$314,000] to invest in environmental management” at the city’s iconic hilltop reserves including El Volador and Cerro Nutibara, the office noted.

The Ruby Topaz hummingbird “is a usually solitary species that frequents flowers at varying heights, sometimes on large, flowering trees,” according to the office

This bird “inhabited the Aburrá Valley until about 15 years ago, but since then there has been no record of it. Thanks to the actions of the Mayor’s Office of Medellín in the [hilltop reserves], it has been observed again in the Cerro El Volador Regional Natural Park, where, in 2018, a total of 106 other species have been spotted.

“The Municipal Administration carries out integral interventions that contribute to the improvement of the air quality and to the preservation of the environment in the hilltop reserves. These include, among others, the sowing of gardens that have allowed the return of butterflies and bees -- and now of this species of hummingbird, which many ornithologists and bird lovers will want to appreciate and enjoy.

“Also during 2018, five new species of wild animals have been reported that returned to the forests, reserves and streams of Medellin,” the office noted.

Medellin-based Sociedad Antioqueña de Ornitologia (SAO) is organizing a birding trip to El Voladar on Saturday, November 3. More information: www.sao.org.co

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