|Central coordinates||79o 33.00' West 8o 59.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4iv|
|Altitude||15 - 120m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2007|
Site description Metropolitan Nature Park is an urban park at the edge of Panama City. It is adjacent to Camino de Cruces National Park in the north and to the Curundu and Los Angeles sections of Panama City to the south, east, and west.
Key Biodiversity Metropolitan Nature Park is an important bottleneck site for migratory raptors. In 2004 a total of 732348 Turkey Vultures, 55,061 Broad-winged Hawks, and 322,469 Swainson's Hawks were counted on autumn migration. Many of these probably used the park as an overnight roost. Several nationally threatened and biome-restricted species also occur, including the nationally endemic Yellowish-green Tyrannulet.
Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals that are known or probably occur include Central American Woolly Opossum, Silky Anteater, Geoffroy’s Tamarin, Panamanian Spiny Pocket-Mouse, Ocelot, and Jaguarundi. The reptiles and amphibians have not been surveyed in detail but some of the species found in Soberanía National Park may occur.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera||winter||2006||50-249 individuals||poor||A1||Near Threatened|
|A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes||passage||2004-2005||1,000,000-2,499,999 individuals||good||A4iv|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Metropolitano||Natural Monument||251||is identical to site||265|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial - terrestrial||minor|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||major|
Protection status Metropolitan Nature Park was created in 1985 in part of the U.S.-administered Canal Zone that reverted to Panama in 1979. Six park guards are assigned to it.
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.
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