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Location Puerto Rico (to USA), Maricao,Sabana Grande,San Germán,Yauco
Central coordinates 66o 57.21' West  18o 7.18' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 8,555 ha
Altitude 60 - 900m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Sociedad Ornitológica Puertorriqueña, Inc (Affiliate)



Site description La IBA de Maricao y Susúa se encuentra en el área central oeste de Puerto Rico, entre los municipios de Maricao, San Germán, Yauco y Sabana Grande.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Puerto Rican Lizard-cuckoo Coccyzus vieilloti resident  2006  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Puerto Rican Screech-owl Megascops nudipes resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Puerto Rican Nightjar Antrostomus noctitherus resident  1985-1992  177 individuals  medium  A1, A2  Endangered 
Anthracothorax dominicus resident  2007  unknown  A2  Not Recognised 
Green Mango Anthracothorax viridis resident  2006  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Puerto Rican Emerald Chlorostilbon maugaeus resident  2006  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Puerto Rican Tody Todus mexicanus resident  2006  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Puerto Rican Woodpecker Melanerpes portoricensis resident  2006  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Lesser Antillean Pewee Contopus latirostris resident  2006  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Puerto Rican Flycatcher Myiarchus antillarum resident  2006  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Puerto Rican Vireo Vireo latimeri resident  2006  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Pearly-eyed Thrasher Margarops fuscatus resident  2006  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Adelaide's Warbler Dendroica adelaidae resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Elfin-woods Warbler Dendroica angelae resident  2003-2004  250-999 individuals  medium  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Puerto Rican Bullfinch Loxigilla portoricensis resident  2006  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Puerto Rican Tanager Nesospingus speculiferus unknown  2006  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Puerto Rican Spindalis Spindalis portoricensis resident  2006  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Antillean Euphonia Euphonia musica resident  2006  unknown  A2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Bosque Estatal de Maricao State Forest 4,159 protected area contained by site 0  
Bosque Estatal de Susua State Forest 1,315 protected area contained by site 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   -
Caves and subterranean habitats (non-aquatic)   -
Introduced vegetation   -
Shrubland   -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
other -
Notes: trees nursery

Protection status Las áreas protegidas son el Bosque Estatal de Maricao y Bosque Estatal de Susúa, administrados por el DRNA.

Further web sources of information 

Site profile from Important Bird Areas in the Caribbean: key sites for conservation (BirdLife International 2008)

References Arroyo-Vázquez B.1992. Observations of the breeding biology of the Elfin – woods Warbler. Wilson Bulletin, 104: 362-365. Delannoy, Carlos A. 2005. First nesting records of the Puerto Rican Nightjar and Antillean Nighthawk in a montane forest of western Puerto Rico. Journal of Field Ornithology: Vol. 76, No.3, 271-273. Delannoy, Carlos A. and Alexander Cruz. 1999. Patterns of prey abundance and use by male and female Puerto Rican Sharp-shinned Hawks. Caribbean Journal of Science: Vol. 35, No. 1-2, 38-45. Díaz Díaz, Carlos A. 1984.Recovery Plan for the Puerto Rican Whip-Poor- Will (Caprimulgus noctitherus). US Fish and Wildlife Service. Kepler, Cameron B. and Angela K. Kepler. 1973. The distribution and ecology of the Puerto Rican Whip-Poor- Will, an endangered species. The Living Bird: Vol.11, 207-239. Noble, Robert E., Francisco J. Vilella and Phillip J. Zwank. 1986. Status of the endangered Puerto Rican Nightjar in 1985. Caribbean Journal of Science: Vol. 22, No.3-4: 137-143. Rivera, Marelisa. 1997. Puerto Rican Broad-Winged Hawk and Puerto Rican Sharp-Shinned Hawk (Buteo platypterus brunnescens and Accipiter striatus venator) Recovery Plan. US Fish and Wildlife Service. Tossas, Adrianne G. 2006. Effects of Hurricane Georges on the resident avifauna of Maricao State Forest, Puerto Rico. Caribbean Journal of Science: vol. 42, No.1, 81-87. Vilella, Francisco J. and Phillip J. Zwank. 1993.Geographic distribution and abundance of the Puerto Rican Nightjar. Journal of Field Ornithology: Vol. 64, No.2, 233-238.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Maricao and Susúa. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/08/2014

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