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Location St Martin (to France)
Central coordinates 63o 3.62' West  18o 4.54' North
IBA criteria A2
Area 205 ha
Altitude 300 - 427m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Site description Pic Paradis (427 meters) is the highest mountain on the island of St. Martin. The IBA is on the forested west site drainage, from 300 meters to the summit. To the north the IBA ends at the Pic Paradis road and on the south ends at the ridgeline. The Loterie Farm ecotourism site marks the lower starting point.

Key Biodiversity In 2002, the first Scaly-breasted Thrashers, previously considered visitors, were captured showing evidence of breeding. Scaly-breasted Thrashers have been captured in each subsequent year. In 2006, the first record of a Bridled Quail-dove resulted from a capture. This species was previously considered absent from St. Martin. Other regionally limited species found at this site include Purple-throated Carib Eulampis jugularis, Green-throated Carib Eulampis holosericeus, Antillean Crested Hummingbird Orthorhyncus cristatus, Pearly-eyed Thrasher Margarops fuscatus, and Lesser Antillean Bullfinch Loxigilla noctis.

Non-bird biodiversity: The island endemic Anolis pogus is found at Pic Paradis. Six species of bats are found in the area

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bridled Quail-dove Geotrygon mystacea resident  2006  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Purple-throated Carib Eulampis jugularis resident  2006  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Green-throated Carib Eulampis holosericeus resident  2006  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Antillean Crested Hummingbird Orthorhyncus cristatus resident  2006  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Caribbean Elaenia Elaenia martinica resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Scaly-breasted Thrasher Margarops fuscus resident  2002  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Pearly-eyed Thrasher Margarops fuscatus resident  2006  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Loxigilla noctis resident  2006  unknown  A2  Not Recognised 


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

Land use

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

Protection status There are no legally protected areas within the IBA. Loterie Farm intends to preserve the forest portions of its property. Land use plans for other landowners are not known.

Further web sources of information 

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

References COLLIER, N.C. and A.C. BROWN 2001-2006;Brown, A.C., Collier, N., 2003;BROWN, A.C., COLLIER, N., 2003;BROWN, A.C., COLLIER, N., 2003;BROWN, A.C., COLLIER, N., 2004;BROWN, A.C., COLLIER, N., 2004;BROWN, A.C., COLLIER, N., 2005; DANFORTH, S. T. 1930; HOOGERWERF, A. 1977;PINCHON, R. 1976;ROJER, A. 1997;VOOUS, K. H. 1954;VOOUS, K. H. 1955a;VOOUS, K. H. 1955b;VOOUS, K. H. 1983;VOOUS, K. H. AND H. J. KOELERS. 1967.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Pic Paradis. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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