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Location Panama, Chiriquí
Central coordinates 82o 43.00' West  8o 53.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 9,000 ha
Altitude 1,200 - 2,200m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Sociedad Audubon de Panamá



Site description This site consists of agricultural lands and remnant patches of montane and high montane forest above the town of Santa Clara, from 1,200 m up to the lower limit of La Amistad International Park at 2,000-2,200 m.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Guan Chamaepetes unicolor breeding  2006  poor  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Black-breasted Wood-quail Odontophorus leucolaemus unknown  2006  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-breasted Quail-dove Geotrygon chiriquensis unknown  2006  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Sulphur-winged Parakeet Pyrrhura hoffmanni unknown  2006  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Red-fronted Parrotlet Touit costaricensis breeding  2006  10 breeding pairs  poor  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
White-crested Coquette Lophornis adorabilis unknown  2006  A2  Least Concern 
White-tailed Emerald Elvira chionura unknown  2006  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Charming Hummingbird Amazilia decora unknown  2006  A2  Least Concern 
Magenta-throated Woodstar Calliphlox bryantae unknown  2006  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Scintillant Hummingbird Selasphorus scintilla unknown  2006  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Orange-bellied Trogon Trogon aurantiiventris unknown  2006  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Fiery-billed Aracari Pteroglossus frantzii unknown  2006  A2  Least Concern 
Golden-naped Woodpecker Melanerpes chrysauchen unknown  2006  A2  Least Concern 
Turquoise Cotinga Cotinga ridgwayi breeding  2006  poor  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Three-wattled Bellbird Procnias tricarunculatus breeding  2006  poor  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Olive-sided Flycatcher Contopus cooperi winter  2006  poor  A1  Near Threatened 
Dark Pewee Contopus lugubris unknown  2006  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Ruddy Treerunner Margarornis rubiginosus unknown  2006  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Streak-breasted Treehunter Thripadectes rufobrunneus unknown  2006  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Black-and-yellow Silky-flycatcher Phainoptila melanoxantha unknown  2006  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher Ptilogonys caudatus unknown  2006  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Riverside Wren Thryothorus semibadius unknown  2006  A2  Least Concern 
Black-faced Solitaire Myadestes melanops unknown  2006  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Black-billed Nightingale-thrush Catharus gracilirostris unknown  2006  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera winter  2006  poor  A1  Near Threatened 
Collared Redstart Myioborus torquatus unknown  2006  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Black-cheeked Warbler Basileuterus melanogenys unknown  2006  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Large-footed Finch Pezopetes capitalis unknown  2006  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-thighed Finch Pselliophorus tibialis unknown  2006  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Cherrie's Tanager Ramphocelus costaricensis unknown  2006  A2  Least Concern 
Spangle-cheeked Tanager Tangara dowii unknown  2006  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Spot-crowned Euphonia Euphonia imitans unknown  2006  A2  Least Concern 
Golden-browed Chlorophonia Chlorophonia callophrys unknown  2006  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Black-thighed Grosbeak Pheucticus tibialis unknown  2006  A2, A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
La Amistad National Park 207,000 protected area is adjacent to site 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   major
Forest   major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation minor
agriculture major

Other biodiversity Blackish Small-eared Shrew and Hartmann's Water Mouse have been collected in the area, and Central American Wooly Opossum, Chiriqui Pocket Gopher, Chiriqui Singing Mouse, Chiriqui Harvest Mouse, Naked-footed Deer Mouse, Mexican Porcupine, Olingo and several species of cats probably occur. The reptile and amphibian fauna is poorly known but many of the of the species listed for La Amistad International Park undoubtedly occur. The frogs Hyla rivularis, H. tica, Ptychohyla legleri and Eleutherodactylus rugulosus have been recorded.

Protection status The area is adjacent to La Amistad International Park. Because most of the area is privately owned and under cultivation, formal protection on a large scale is not feasible. Instead the area should be managed as a buffer zone for La Amistad International Park. The Hartmann family has designated part of their property as a private reserve.

References Angehr, George R. 2003. Directorio de areas importantes para aves en Panama. Directory of important bird areas in Panama. Panama: Sociedad Audubon de Panama. Christian, Daniel, Alan Williams, Dina Roberts, Lars Pomara, Robb Kaler, Heather Wilson, and Arvind Panajabi. [ND]. Checklist of birds for Finca Hartman. Finca Hartmann, Santa Clara, Chiriquí, Panamá. Parrish, Jeffrey D. & Lisa Petit. 1996. Value of shade coffee plantations for tropical birds: landscape and vegetation effects. In: W. Lockeretz (ed.), Environmental Enhancement through Agriculture, pp. 113-124. Center for Agriculture, Food and Environment, Tufts University. Petit, Lisa J., Daniel R. Petit, Daniel G. Christian, and Hugh D. W. Powell. 1999. Bird communities of natural and modified habitats in Panama. Ecography 22: 292-304. Ridgely, Robert S., and John A. Gwynne. 1989. A Guide to the Birds of Panama (Second Edition). Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey. Wetmore, Alexander. 1965. The Birds of the Republic of Panama. Part 1. Tinamidae (Tinamous) to Rhynchopidae (Skimmers). Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Wetmore, Alexander. 1968. The Birds of the Republic of Panama. Part 2. Columbidae (Pigeons) to Picidae (Woodpeckers). Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Wetmore, Alexander. 1973. The Birds of the Republic of Panama. Part 3. Passeriformes: Dendrocolaptidae (Woodcreepers) to Oxyruncidae (Sharpbill). Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Wetmore, Alexander, Roger F. Pasquier, and Storrs L. Olson. 1984. The Birds of the Republic of Panama. Part 4. Passeriformes: Hirundinidae (Swallows) to Fringillidae (Finches). Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

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