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Location Costa Rica, Guanacaste,Puntarenas
Central coordinates 85o 22.65' West  9o 54.37' North
IBA criteria A1, A3, A4i
Area 304,258 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Curassow Crax rubra breeding  2006  50-100 individuals  poor  A1  Vulnerable 
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus winter  2006  250-999 individuals  poor  A4i  Least Concern 
Orange-fronted Parakeet Eupsittula canicularis breeding  2006  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Lesser Ground-cuckoo Morococcyx erythropygus breeding  2006  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Pacific Screech-owl Megascops cooperi breeding  2006  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Hoffmann's Woodpecker Melanerpes hoffmannii breeding  2006  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Long-tailed Manakin Chiroxiphia linearis breeding  2006  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
White-throated Magpie-jay Calocitta formosa breeding  2006  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Banded Wren Thryothorus pleurostictus breeding  2006  unknown  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve 2,921 unknown 0  
Camaronal (mixto) National Wildlife Refuge 232 unknown 0  
Cerro La Cruz Protective Zone 199 unknown 0  
La Ceiba (privado) National Wildlife Refuge 270 unknown 0  
Nicolás Wessberg Nature Reserve 61 unknown 0  
Nosara Protective Zone 923 unknown 0  
Ostional (estatal) National Wildlife Refuge 8,570 unknown 0  
Península de Nicoya Protective Zone 21,317 unknown 0  
Werner Sauter (mixto) National Wildlife Refuge 185 unknown 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mangrove  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry minor
Notes: 0.2% Plantaciones forestales
nature conservation and research 59%
Notes: Agua, Bosque, Mangle
agriculture 41%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Nicoya Peninsula. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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