Sounding rather like a squeaky door, the Peruvian Plantcutter is call has become more and more rare and sightings even rarer. Because of urban encroachment, disease and the conversion of its habitat to agricultural land, there may be as few as 500 left in the wild.
However, its plight has not gone unnoticed, and efforts have begun to help restore its numbers and improve the quality of its habitat. The SOS Peruvian Plantcutter Project has spearheaded this movement, with its management of 130 hectares to the north of Talara City. It aims to pilot a restoration programme that can be rolled out across the region.
Fo din out more about the effort to save the Peruvian Plantcutter, please visit the Facebook page of the NGO SOS Plantcutter.
The Cocoon is ideally suited to the arid conditions and will be used to plant the algarrobo tree, one of the staple foods for the Plantcutter. If this pilot scheme is successful, they could secure funding to allow large scale habitat restoration, and help Peruvians hear that distinctive call once again.