About the Area
Found here is the White-bellied spider monkey (Ateles belzebuth), Tamandua (Tamandua tetradactyla), Black-bellied tree duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis), White-faced tree duck (Dendrocygna viduata), Roseate spoonbill (Ajaia ajaja).
Other species include the endemic Orinoco piculet (Picumnus pumilus), and the Capybaras (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris) - the world's largest rodents that feast on grasses and other plants to keep their 50 kg bodies well-fueled!
In addition, parts of these savannas support breeding populations of the Giant anaconda (Eunectes murinus).
Grazing, burning, draining, conversion to agriculture, and over hunting are all threats to the biodiversity found in this ecoregion. Dickcissel sparrows (Spiza americana) - birds from the Great Plains, winter here and are endangered by pesticides.
390,000 sq. km (150,000 sq. miles)
Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Northern South America: in Colombia and Venezuela