|Location||Haiti, Department du Sud-Est|
|Central coordinates||73o 58.40' West 18o 20.40' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2|
|Altitude||0 - 1,850m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2008|
Ornithological information Although as not rich as in the karstic zones areas, Aux Bec-croisés shelters Hispaniolan Crossbills and the Western Chat-Tanager. Species diversity also increased in winter months when migratory birds arrived from northern latitudes. Last inventory was on February 2004 which included mistnetting, sight counting and banding all day from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Bird species of special concern are Western Chat-Tanager (Calyptophilus tertius), Bicknell's Thrush.
Site description Aux Bec-Croisé is situated in Plaine Boeufs on the Chaine Formond south of Duglacis, 1850 meters above sea level overlooking the Grande Ravine du Sud, near the area of Ti Chien. It is close to Kay Tilus, Kay Ogile and on the way to Duglacis where the small growing population grows staple food on state land since the 1950's. Several men in this region are timbermen.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Hispaniolan Emerald Chlorostilbon swainsonii||resident||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Narrow-billed Tody Todus angustirostris||resident||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Antillean Piculet Nesoctites micromegas||resident||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Hispaniolan Woodpecker Melanerpes striatus||resident||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Greater Antillean Elaenia Elaenia fallax||resident||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Golden Swallow Tachycineta euchrysea||resident||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1, A2||Vulnerable|
|Rufous-throated Solitaire Myadestes genibarbis||resident||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Bicknell's Thrush Catharus bicknelli||winter||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Hispaniolan Crossbill Loxia megaplaga||resident||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1, A2||Endangered|
|Grey-crowned Palm-tanager Phaenicophilus poliocephalus||resident||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1, A2||Near Threatened|
|Chat Tanager Calyptophilus frugivorus||resident||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1, A2||Vulnerable|
|Hispaniolan Spindalis Spindalis dominicensis||resident||2004||common [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Parc Macaya||Natural National Park||2,000||protected area contains site||0|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Forest||Tropical wet limestone||major|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||minor|
Other biodiversity The Chaine of Formond is the center of biodiversity for the genus Mecranium and shelters plants that are restricted there such as Ekmaniocharis. Due to frequent fires in the lower areas and absence of prescribe fires, metrological station and knowledge, many species might face threats, since one a forested area is opened or clear, farmers tend to appropriate these land.
Management considerations Ephemerality of conservation program, Habitat destruction, Introduced animals, Fuelwood extraction, Lumber extraction, Demography, Land tenure, Erosion and Conversion to agriculture.
Protection status It consists of the extreme southeastern tail of the core zone of the Macaya Biosphere Reserve.
Conservation response From 1989 to 1994, this area was managed by the University of Florida. Three technicians were allocated to this area that served as a seed bank for many species of the reforestation program. Funding was provided by USAID and the MacArthur Foundation. In 2004, Chris Rimmer of the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, financed in part by the Societe Audubon Haiti
Acknowledgements Florence Sergile, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida
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References Dod (1984 a, b); Franz and Cordier (1986);Gali and Schwartz (1986);Judd (1987); MacFadden (1986);Mcpherson et al (1994);Mcpherson et al (1994);Monaghan (1988);Rimmer et al (2005); Rimmer et al (2004);Sergile and Woods (1994);Sergile (2001);Sergile and Woods (2001); Sergile and Bayard (2004); Sergile and Woods (1993);Sergile et al (1992); Smith (1991);Smith (1992); Thompson (1986);Wetmore and Swales (1931);Woods (1975);Woods and Ottenwalder (1983); Woods and Ottenwalder (1986);Woods and Ottenwalder (1992);
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