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Location Colombia, La Guajira
Central coordinates 73o 32.60' West  11o 7.23' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 58,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 2,400m
Year of IBA assessment 2008





Site description El área está localizada al noreste de Colombia en el municipio de Dibuya, departamento de La Guajira, sobre la vertiente norte de la Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. El valle ha sido identificado como un área prioritaria para la conservación debido a la riqueza de fauna y flora que allí se encuentra (FPSNSM 2000). El Valle de San Salvador cubre áreas de hábitat primarios, a lo largo de un gradiente altitudinal, que se han perdido en otras zonas de la Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Blue-billed Curassow Crax alberti resident  2000-2003  unknown  A1, A2, A3  Critically Endangered 
Chestnut-winged Chachalaca Ortalis garrula unknown  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Black-fronted Wood-quail Odontophorus atrifrons resident  2003  unknown  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Bare-eyed Pigeon Patagioenas corensis unknown  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Sapphire-bellied Hummingbird Lepidopyga lilliae resident  2003  present  A1, A3  Critically Endangered 
Coppery Emerald Chlorostilbon russatus resident  2003  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Shining-green Hummingbird Lepidopyga goudoti unknown  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Blossomcrown Anthocephala floriceps resident  2003  unknown  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
White-tailed Starfrontlet Coeligena phalerata resident  2003  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Santa Marta Woodstar Chaetocercus astreans resident  2003  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
White-tipped Quetzal Pharomachrus fulgidus resident  2003  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Hypnelus ruficollis unknown  unknown  A3  Not Recognised 
Slender-billed Tyrannulet Inezia tenuirostris unknown  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Venezuelan Flycatcher Myiarchus venezuelensis unknown  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Santa Marta Antpitta Grallaria bangsi resident  2003  unknown  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Rusty-headed Spinetail Synallaxis fuscorufa resident  2003  unknown  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Streak-capped Spinetail Cranioleuca hellmayri resident  2003  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Yellow-crowned Redstart Myioborus flavivertex resident  2003  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
White-lored Warbler Basileuterus conspicillatus resident  2003  unknown  A1, A2  Near Threatened 
Golden-winged Sparrow Arremon schlegeli unknown  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Santa Marta Brush-finch Atlapetes melanocephalus resident  2003  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Glaucous Tanager Thraupis glaucocolpa unknown  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Santa Marta Mountain-tanager Anisognathus melanogenys resident  2003  unknown  A2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Buena Vista Natural Reserve 400 protected area overlaps with site 0  
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Natural National Park 383,000 protected area overlaps with site 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mangrove; Montane broadleaf evergreen forest; Polylepis woodland; Second-growth or disturbed forest; Tropical deciduous forest  87%
Grassland Alpine & subalpine grassland; Second-growth or grazed grasslands  6%
Artificial - terrestrial Abandoned or fallow farmland, disturbed ground; Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards, groves  2%
Shrubland Scrub; Semihumid/humid montane scrub  5%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture major
fisheries/aquaculture major

Protection status La IBA se sobrepone con la Reserva Natural Buenavista y con el Parque Nacional Natural Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, es decir, que aproximadamente 1.400 ha de sus 8.400 ha están legalmente protegidas.

Acknowledgements R. Strewe C. Navarro

References FPSNSM (2000), Strewe y Navarro (2003, 2004a), Strewe et al. (2004)

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Valle de San Salvador. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 01/11/2014

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