|Central coordinates||78o 44.00' West 8o 59.00' North|
|Altitude||67 - 1,074m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2007|
Ornithological information The globally threatened Great Green Macaw occurs in the area, and the globally near-threatened Harpy and Crested Eagle, Great Curassow, Russet-crowned Quail-Dove, and Black-billed Flycatcher probably also occur, as well as many nationally threatened species. Such favored game species as Crested Guan and Great Curassow are fairly common in the more remote parts of the range. Several Darién Lowlands and Darién Highlands endemics are expected to occur by range, although specific records of most are lacking.
Site description The Majé Hydrological Reserve includes the watershed of the Majé River, one of the most important tributaries of Lake Bayano. The reserve is contained within the Serranía de Majé, an isolated mountain range on the Pacific slope. The high point (1,074 m) is located on the divide of the range in the southeast corner of the reserve.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Great Curassow Crax rubra||breeding||2006||-||poor||A1||Vulnerable|
|Great Green Macaw Ara ambiguus||breeding||2006||20 individuals||poor||A1||Endangered|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Maje Hidrological Reserve||Hydrological Reserve||1,800||is identical to site||1,800|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial landscapes (terrestrial)||minor|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||major|
Other biodiversity There are no published reports on the fauna. Mammals probably include Water Opossum, Central American Woolly Opossum, Silky Anteater, Northern Naked-tailed Armadillo, Geoffroy’s Tamarin, Western Night Monkey, Capybara, Crab-eating Raccoon, Neotropical River Otter, Ocelot, Margay, Jaguarundi, Puma, and Jaguar. Many of the reptiles and amphibians recorded from the Narganá Wildlands Area and Darién National Park may occur.
Management considerations The Serranía de Majé region is threatened by deforestation from uncontrolled colonization. Because of its economic importance for water management there is an incentive to preserve the forest of the area.
Protection status The Majé Hydrological Reserve was created in 1996 to protect one of the most critical watersheds of the Lake Bayano basin. Protection of the area is partly the responsibility of the corporation that manages the Bayano hydroelectric facility.
Conservation response None known.
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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