Esmeraldas Woodstar Chaetocercus berlepschi
Version: 1.0 — Published June 4, 2010
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Priorities for Future Research
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All the exploratory efforts carried out during the past few years has helped enormously to understand the distribution, natural history, and various aspects of the ecology and reproduction of the Esmeraldas Woodstar. The most important recent discovery is of an error in the description of the female of the species coming from mis-labeled specimens of juvenile males, which has allowed us to learn that the species is far more common than originally thought, Therefore we now are more capable to identify the research and conservation priorities than previously was the case.
For example, it will be valuable to reevaluate the conservation status of the Esmeraldas Woodstar. In this regard, efforts should now be directed towards learning the population size and demography of the species. It will also be important to study the amount of habitat that is available to the species and work on the conservation plan using all the recently gathered information at the regional level.
An aspect that is yet not well understood is the population size and density of the species in the northern section of its distribution, therefore more exploratory work is needed in this area from where only scattered information has come over the last years.