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Location Panama, Chiriquí
Central coordinates 82o 33.00' West  8o 48.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 14,322 ha
Altitude 1,400 - 3,734m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Sociedad Audubon de Panamá



Site description Volcán Barú (3,475 m), the highest peak in Panama, lies 7 km south of the continental divide on the Pacific slope. The lowest points are in the southeast corner (1,400 m) and just above the town of Volcán (1,480 m). A gravel road extends from the town of Boquete to a communications facility and antenna array on the summit. In addition to the summit road, the main access is via the Los Quetzales, or Respingo, Trail between Cerro Punta and Boquete. The area is inhabited by latinos and Ngöbe.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Prong-billed Barbet Semnornis frantzii unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Black Guan Chamaepetes unicolor breeding  2006  50-249 individuals  poor  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Black-breasted Wood-quail Odontophorus leucolaemus unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Buff-fronted Quail-dove Zentrygon costaricensis unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Chiriqui Quail-dove Zentrygon chiriquensis unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Sulphur-winged Parakeet Pyrrhura hoffmanni unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Red-fronted Parrotlet Touit costaricensis breeding  2006  50-249 individuals  poor  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Bare-shanked Screech-owl Megascops clarkii unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Costa Rican Pygmy-owl Glaucidium costaricanum unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Dusky Nightjar Antrostomus saturatus unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Lampornis castaneoventris unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Not Recognised 
Fiery-throated Hummingbird Panterpe insignis unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
White-tailed Emerald Elvira chionura unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Black-bellied Hummingbird Eupherusa nigriventris unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Magenta-throated Woodstar Calliphlox bryantae unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Volcano Hummingbird Selasphorus flammula unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Scintillant Hummingbird Selasphorus scintilla unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Trogon aurantiiventris unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Not Recognised 
Resplendent Quetzal Pharomachrus mocinno breeding  2006  250-999 individuals  poor  A1  Near Threatened 
Three-wattled Bellbird Procnias tricarunculatus breeding  2006  250-999 individuals  poor  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Dark Pewee Contopus lugubris unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Ochraceous Pewee Contopus ochraceus unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Black-capped Flycatcher Empidonax atriceps unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Golden-bellied Flycatcher Myiodynastes hemichrysus unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Silvery-fronted Tapaculo Scytalopus argentifrons unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Ruddy Treerunner Margarornis rubiginosus unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Streak-breasted Treehunter Thripadectes rufobrunneus unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-winged Vireo Vireo carmioli unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Silvery-throated Jay Cyanolyca argentigula unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Black-and-yellow Silky-flycatcher Phainoptila melanoxantha unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher Ptilogonys caudatus unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Ochraceous Wren Troglodytes ochraceus unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Timberline Wren Thryorchilus browni unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Black-faced Solitaire Myadestes melanops unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Black-billed Nightingale-thrush Catharus gracilirostris unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Sooty Thrush Turdus nigrescens unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera winter  2006  1,000-2,499 individuals  poor  A1  Near Threatened 
Flame-throated Warbler Parula gutturalis unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Collared Redstart Myioborus torquatus unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Black-cheeked Warbler Basileuterus melanogenys unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Wrenthrush Zeledonia coronata unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Volcano Junco Junco vulcani unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Peg-billed Finch Acanthidops bairdi unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Sooty-faced Finch Arremon crassirostris unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Large-footed Finch Pezopetes capitalis unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-thighed Finch Pselliophorus tibialis unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Spangle-cheeked Tanager Tangara dowii unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Slaty Flowerpiercer Diglossa plumbea unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Sooty-capped Bush-tanager Chlorospingus pileatus unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Golden-browed Chlorophonia Chlorophonia callophrys unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Black-thighed Grosbeak Pheucticus tibialis unknown  2006  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Volcan Barú National Park 15,680 is identical to site 14,000  

Habitats

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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture minor
nature conservation and research major

Other biodiversity Mammals found or expected in the park include Blackish Small-eared Shrew, Talamancan Small-eared Shrew, Talamancan Yellow-shouldered Bat, Montane Squirrel, Chiriqui Pocket Gopher, Sprightly Pygmy Rice Rat, Underwood's Water Mouse, Chiriqui Singing Mouse, Chiriqui Harvest Mouse, Naked-footed Deer Mouse, Dice's Rabbit, Mexican Porcupine, Cacomistle, Olingo, Ocelot, Margay, Jaguarundi, Puma, and Jaguar. Endemic and endangered reptiles and amphibians found or expected include the frogs and toads Atelopus chiriquiensis, A. varius, B. peripatetes, Dendrobates speciosus, Hyla debilis, Hyla pseudopuma, H. rivularis, H. tica, H. zeteki, Phyllomedusa lemur, Ptychohyla legleri, Eleutherodactylus fleischmanni, E. melanostictus, E. monnichorum, E. noblei and Rana vibricaria, the salamanders Bolitoglossa marmorea and B. nigrescens; the lizards Mesaspis monticola, Anolis aquaticus, A. kemptoni, A. microtus, A. vociferans and A. woodi, and the snakes Geophis championi, Hydromorphus dunni, Rhadinaea calligaster, R. godmani, and Urotheca pachyura. The Talamanca endemic butterflies Lienix cinerascens,* L. viridifascia and Epiphile grandis have been collected (DeVries 1987).

Protection status Volcán Barú, Panama's second national park, was designated in 1976. There are four park guards assigned to the area. To the north the park is contiguous with La Amistad International Park.

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. 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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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Volcán Barú National Park. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/08/2014

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