Check List 18(1): 17-65, doi: 10.15560/18.1.17
Bird species inventory in secondary tropical montane cloud forest at Cloudbridge Nature Reserve, Talamanca Mountains, Costa Rica
expand article infoJennifer R. Powell, Jonathan P. Slifkin§, Frank T. Spooner|, Jeffrey Roth, Laurie Allnatt#, Ryan Andrews¤, Matt Smokoska«
‡ Cloudbridge Nature Reserve, San Gerardo de Rivas, Costa Rica§ Canopy Family, Panamá City, Panama| Independent Researcher, Camberley, United Kingdom¶ Angelo State University, San Angelo, United States of America# Independent Researcher, Exeter, United Kingdom¤ University of Kansas, Lawrence, United States of America« The Davey Tree Expert Company, Auburn Hills, United States of America
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The tropical montane cloud forests (TMCF) of the Talamanca Mountains of Costa Rica are a unique and understudied habitat that is home to a high number of endemic bird species. Cloudbridge Nature Reserve is a TMCF reforestation reserve lying on the Pacific slope of Cerro Chirripó in the cantón of Pérez Zeledón. Here, we synthesize data collected at Cloudbridge between March 2016 and May 2020 from multi-year point count, walking, call-playback, and camera trap surveys along with photographs collected from February 2007 to April 2021 to present a bird species inventory of the reserve. In total, 204 bird species from 40 families, including 40 endemic species, were identified, and monthly presence summarized for each species. We discuss the implications of our findings for understanding TMCF avian communities, as well as the importance of year-round surveys using a variety of techniques to better capture overall avian diversity.

Avian, endemic, point count, camera trap, regenerating forest