The Brazilian conservation group Fundação Biodiversitas, with support from American Bird Conservancy, has secured a tract of vital Atlantic Forest habitat for Stresemann's Bristlefront, listed as Critically Endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and other rare species such as Banded Cotinga. The acquisition adds 766 acres to the 1,586-acre Mata do Passarinho Reserve, bringing the total protected area to 2,352 acres. This expansion represents a major step toward the preservation of the many species that rely on this unique and threatened forest region.
Because of deforestation, the reserve "is like an oasis in a desert," said Gláucia Drummond, Executive Director of Fundação Biodiversitas. Expanding the protected area represents "one of the most promising and effective ways to save Stresemann's Bristlefront from extinction" and to preserve the area's rich biological heritage, she said.