Significance to humans

Plantcutters at times make nuisances of themselves by raiding farms and vineyards to feed on young leaves of cereal crops and grapevines. The Peruvian plantcutter has a limited distribution and is relatively easy to observe. It thus attracts birdwatchers from all over the world who wish to see this unusual and now endangered species. This generates some modest local income and gives conservationists another good reason to push for protective measures for the species. The Peruvian plantcutter has become a rallying symbol for conservation.

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