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Location Belize, Belize,Corozal
Central coordinates 88o 9.56' West  18o 13.42' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 238,282 ha
Altitude 0 - 20m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Belize Audubon Society



Site description This area is comprised of the Freshwater Creek Forest Reserve, Shipstern Nature Reserve and Fireburn – private reserves, Bacalar Chico and Honey Camp National Parks, Cerros Maya Archaeology Reserve, Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Doubloon Bank and Little Guana Caye – Bird Sanctuaries, Rocky Point Spawning Aggregation and Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Plain Chachalaca Ortalis vetula resident  1990-2007  abundant individuals  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Black-throated Bobwhite Colinus nigrogularis resident  1990-2007  present individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Black-bellied Whistling-duck Dendrocygna autumnalis passage  2001-2004  200-4,000 individuals  good    Least Concern 
Blue-winged Teal Anas discors passage  2001-2004  350-650 individuals  good    Least Concern 
Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps passage  1990-2007  present individuals  poor    Least Concern 
Wood Stork Mycteria americana resident  1990-2007  abundant individuals  medium    Least Concern 
Jabiru Jabiru mycteria resident  1990-2007  common individuals  medium    Least Concern 
Agami Heron Agamia agami resident  1990-2007  present [units unknown]    Vulnerable 
Boat-billed Heron Cochlearius cochlearius resident  1990-2007  common individuals  poor    Least Concern 
Yellow-crowned Night-heron Nyctanassa violacea resident  1990-2007  abundant individuals  poor    Least Concern 
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias passage  1990-2007  frequent individuals  poor    Least Concern 
Reddish Egret Egretta rufescens resident  1990-2007  abundant individuals  poor    Near Threatened 
Ruddy Crake Laterallus ruber resident  1990-2007  present individuals  poor    Least Concern 
White-crowned Pigeon Patagioenas leucocephala resident  1990-2007  abundant individuals  poor  A1  Near Threatened 
Yellow-headed Amazon Amazona oratrix resident  1990-2007  present individuals  poor  A1  Endangered 
Yellow-lored Amazon Amazona xantholora resident  1990-2007  frequent [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Yucatan Poorwill Nyctiphrynus yucatanicus resident  1990-2007  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Yucatan Nightjar Caprimulgus badius resident  1990-2007  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Buff-bellied Hummingbird Amazilia yucatanensis resident  1990-2007  uncommon individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Yucatan Woodpecker Melanerpes pygmaeus resident  1990-2007  common individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-coloured Woodpecker Celeus castaneus resident  1990-2007  present individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
White-collared Manakin Manacus candei resident  1990-2007  frequent individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-bellied Tyrannulet Ornithion semiflavum resident  1990-2007  present individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Couch's Kingbird Tyrannus couchii resident  1990-2007  common individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Yucatan Flycatcher Myiarchus yucatanensis resident  1990-2007  present individuals  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Tawny-winged Woodcreeper Dendrocincla anabatina resident  1990-2007  common individuals  medium  A3  Least Concern 
White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus passage  1990-2007  frequent individuals  poor    Least Concern 
Yucatan Vireo Vireo magister resident  1990-2007  common individuals  poor  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Yucatan Jay Cyanocorax yucatanicus resident  1990-2007  abundant individuals  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Black Catbird Melanoptila glabrirostris resident  1990-2007  common individuals  medium  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Cerulean Warbler Dendroica cerulea passage  1990-2007  uncommon individuals  poor  A1  Vulnerable 
Montezuma Oropendola Psarocolius montezuma resident  1990-2007  frequent individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Orange Oriole Icterus auratus resident  1990-2007  frequent [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
White-collared Seedeater Sporophila torqueola resident  1990-2007  abundant individuals  medium    Least Concern 
Green-backed Sparrow Arremonops chloronotus 1990-2007  frequent individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Rose-throated Tanager Piranga roseogularis resident  1990-2007  frequent individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Olive-backed Euphonia Euphonia gouldi resident  1990-2007  present individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Black-faced Grosbeak Caryothraustes poliogaster resident  1990-2007  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve 1,698 protected area contained by site 1,698  
Bacalar Chico National Park 4,510 protected area overlaps with site 5,115  
Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System World Heritage Site 96,300 protected area overlaps with site 10,917  
Cerros Maya Archaelogical Reserve 10 protected area overlaps with site 17  
Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary 73,049 protected area contained by site 73,049  
Dolphin Park National Public Reserve 1 protected area overlaps with site 1  
Fireburn Private Reserve 0 protected area overlaps with site 0  
Fresh Water Creek Forest Reserve 13,514 protected area contained by site 13,514  
Honey camp National Park 3,145 protected area overlaps with site 3,145  
Little Guana Caye Bird Sanctuary 1 protected area overlaps with site 2  
Rocky Point Spawning Aggregation Marine Reserve 494 protected area overlaps with site 494  
Shipstern Nature Reserve Private Reserve 8,228 protected area overlaps with site 7,625  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   2%
Sea   27%
Wetlands (inland)   6%
Savanna   minor
Coastline   1%
Forest Mangrove  62%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Northeastern Belize. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/04/2014

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