A morphological, reproductive, and molt phenology database for 379 bird species from the Colombian Tropical Andes

Leydy J. Cardona-Salazar, Yeny A. Benavides-Ossa, Ángela M. Vargas-Daza, Juan F. Betancurt-Grisales, Mauricio Bohada-Murillo, Estefani T. Martínez-Sánchez, Marelid Cardona-Romero, Ana Busi, William D. Tobón-Escobar, Mateo Ortíz-Giraldo, Daniela Gómez Castillo, Johnathan Alvarez-Londoño, Dimas A. Molina-Marin, Juan C. Rodas-Rua, Laura D. Grisales-Muñoz, Vanessa Velásquez-Trujillo, Luisa F. Salazar-Ramírez, Diana M. Pineda-Gómez, Alejandro Hoyos-Jaramillo, Rafael R. Santisteban-ArenasJuan G. Salazar-Ramírez, Gloria Patricia Orozco-Montoya, Santiago A. Ramos-Valencia, Germán Gómez-Londoño, Fabiola Ospina-Bautista, Jaime V. Estévez-Varón, Paula A. Ossa-López, Fredy A. Rivera-Páez, Jorge E. Pérez Cárdenas, Francisco E. Fontúrbel, Gabriel J. Castaño-Villa

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The Colombian Tropical Andes are one of the regions with highest bird diversity on Earth. However, information on bird morphology, reproductive phenology, and molt is particularly scarce in this region. Also, this region is heavily impacted by deforestation, and it is vulnerable to climate change. Hence, providing baseline information on life history and morphological traits will be essential to support future research on functional diversity, climate change effects, conservation, evolution, and phenology. To fill this gap, we have compiled information on bird distribution, morphology, molt, and reproductive phenology at 52 localities of the Department of Caldas, covering an elevation range between 148 and 3845 m. This compilation comprises a wide range of habitats, including native forests, forestry plantations, croplands, and paramo. Our database presents information for 3,398 records belonging to 379 bird species (representing 23 orders, 53 families, and 258 genera). From those records, 2,843 correspond to information collected in the field between 2008 and 2019, and the remaining 555 records correspond to specimens deposited in the Natural History Museum of the Caldas University, collected between 1969 and 2014. We measured nine morphological traits from all specimens: total culmen, gape, bill width, bill depth, tarsus, wing length, tail length, total length, and mass. We also have reproductive condition information for 257 species and molt information available for 378 species. The information contained in this data set represents ~20% of the Colombian avifauna and ~11% of the bird species richness in South America. This data set is released for non-commercial use only. Credits should be given to this paper (i.e., proper citation), and the products generated with this database should be shared under the same license terms (CC BY-NC-SA).

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere03016
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2020


  • avifauna
  • crops
  • endemic species
  • morphological traits
  • museum specimens
  • native forests
  • neotropical resident and migratory species


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