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Location Haiti, Department du Sud-Est
Central coordinates 72o 16.00' West  18o 21.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 629 ha
Altitude 1,000 - 1,870m
Year of IBA assessment 2008





Site description Aux Cornichons (629 ha) is situated on the Massif de la Selle, West of Seguin on State land. It consists of a slope bordered north by Morne Nacel and Roche Plate, east by Bois Pin Jean Noel, South by Étang Pouillet and West by Ti Place (18°21'N and 72°16' W). Altitudes range from 1000 to 1870 m. Population around Aux Cornichons is made of the former workforce brought in La Scierie area when the pine forest was under national exploitation during the mid 1950's.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Plain Pigeon Patagioenas inornata resident  2005  unknown  A1  Near Threatened 
Hispaniolan Parakeet Psittacara chloropterus resident  2005  unknown  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Hispaniolan Lizard-cuckoo Coccyzus longirostris resident  2005  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Anthracothorax dominicus resident  2005  unknown  A2  Not Recognised 
Hispaniolan Emerald Chlorostilbon swainsonii resident  2005  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Hispaniolan Trogon Temnotrogon roseigaster resident  2005  unknown  A1, A2  Near Threatened 
Narrow-billed Tody Todus angustirostris resident  2005  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Hispaniolan Woodpecker Melanerpes striatus resident  2005  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Greater Antillean Elaenia Elaenia fallax resident  2005  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Hispaniolan Pewee Contopus hispaniolensis resident  2005  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Palm Crow Corvus palmarum resident  2005  unknown  A1, A2  Near Threatened 
Golden Swallow Tachycineta euchrysea resident  2005  unknown  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Rufous-throated Solitaire Myadestes genibarbis resident  2005  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Bicknell's Thrush Catharus bicknelli winter  2005  unknown  A1  Vulnerable 
La Selle Thrush Turdus swalesi resident  2005  unknown  A1, A2  Endangered 
Antillean Siskin Carduelis dominicensis resident  2005  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Green-tailed Warbler Microligea palustris resident  2005  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Chat Tanager Calyptophilus frugivorus resident  2005  unknown  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Hispaniolan Spindalis Spindalis dominicensis resident  2005  unknown  A2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
La Visite Natural National Park 3,000 protected area contains site 0  

Habitats

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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
water management -

Other biodiversity This area is habitat for Plagiodontia aedium. Endemic species threatened are: Hypericum millefolium, Miconia rigidissima, Gesneria hypoclada, Siphocamylus caudatus, Ilex blancheana (discovered in 1984) and many of the orchids and epiphytes.

Protection status Aux Cornichons is located inside Parc National La Visite (3000 ha), in the locality of Bérac to Ti Place, officially declared under protection in 1983. It had been identify in Woods and Harris (1985) as an important area to develop a core zone because of endemicity and water catchment capacity.

Acknowledgements Compiler:Florence Sergile, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida

Further web sources of information 

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

References Franz, R and D. Cordier (1986); Gali, F. and A. Schwartz (1986);Holdridge, L.R. (1947);Judd, W.S. (1986);Judd, W.S. (1987);MacFadden, B.J. (1986);MDE. (1999);Paryski, P., C. A. Woods, and F. E. Sergile. (1989);Rimmer, C., E. G. Gomez, J. L. Brocca. (2005);Sergile, F. E. (2001);Sergile, F. E, C. A Woods and P. E Paryski. (1992);Thompson, F. G. (1986);USAID. (1987); Woods, C. A. (1975);Woods, C. A. and J. A. Ottenwalder. (1983); Woods, C. A. and J. A. Ottenwalder. (1986);Woods, C. A., and L. Harris. (1986);Woods, C. A., F. E. Sergile, and J. A. Ottenwalder. (1992); Woods, C.A. (1987);Woods, C.A. (1983); Woods, C.A., and J.A. Ottenwalder(1983); Woods, C.A., and R. Rosen(1977)

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Aux Cornichons. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 17/09/2014

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