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Location Belize, Belize,Corozal,Stann Creek,Toledo
Central coordinates 88o 16.01' West  16o 55.87' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3, A4i
Area 696,824 ha
Altitude 0 - 50m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Belize Audubon Society



Site description This area is comprised of 3 Marine Reserves namely Hol Chan, Caye Caulker and Port Honduras; and seven Forest Reserves: Grants Works, Mango Creek, Swasey-Bladen, Machaca, Caye Caulker, Deep River and Manatee. There are also four Wildlife Sanctuaries: Aguascaliente, Gales Point, Swallow Caye, and Corozal Bay. There are two National Parks: Sarstoon-Temash and Payne’s Creek. The four Bird Sanctuaries are Bird Caye, Monkey Caye, Los Salones and an un-named caye. Altun Ha is the sole Archaeological Reserve and Burdon Canal is the sole Nature Reserve within this IBA.

Key Biodiversity This 695,622 ha area has 413 recorded species of which 262 are residents, 242 are known or thought to breed in the area, 171 are species not known to nest in the area and 151 that are considered migrants. These include species that meet the A1, A2, A3, A4i trigger criteria.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Plain Chachalaca Ortalis vetula resident  1990-2007  10,000-19,999 individuals  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Black-throated Bobwhite Colinus nigrogularis resident  1990-2007  2,500-9,999 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Reddish Egret Egretta rufescens resident  1990-2007  1,000-2,499 individuals  medium  A4i  Near Threatened 
White-crowned Pigeon Patagioenas leucocephala resident  1990-2007  10,000-19,999 individuals  medium  A1  Near Threatened 
Yellow-headed Amazon Amazona oratrix resident  1990-2007  1,000-2,499 individuals  medium  A1  Endangered 
Yellow-lored Amazon Amazona xantholora resident  1990-2007  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Yucatan Nightjar Antrostomus badius resident  1990-2007  1,000-2,499 individuals  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Buff-bellied Hummingbird Amazilia yucatanensis resident  1990-2007  1,000-2,499 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Yucatan Woodpecker Melanerpes pygmaeus resident  1990-2007  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-bellied Tyrannulet Ornithion semiflavum resident  1990-2007  50-249 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Couch's Kingbird Tyrannus couchii resident  1990-2007  2,500-9,999 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Yucatan Flycatcher Myiarchus yucatanensis resident  1990-2007  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Tawny-winged Woodcreeper Dendrocincla anabatina resident  1990-2007  2,500-9,999 individuals  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Yucatan Jay Cyanocorax yucatanicus resident  1990-2007  2,500-9,999 individuals  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Black Catbird Melanoptila glabrirostris resident  1990-2007  50-249 individuals  medium  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Montezuma Oropendola Psarocolius montezuma resident  1990-2007  10,000-19,999 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Orange Oriole Icterus auratus resident  1990-2007  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Green-backed Sparrow Arremonops chloronotus resident  1990-2007  1,000-2,499 individuals  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Black-throated Shrike-tanager Lanio aurantius resident  1990-2007  250-999 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Crimson-collared Tanager Ramphocelus sanguinolentus resident  1990-2007  50-249 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Scarlet-rumped Tanager Ramphocelus passerinii resident  1990-2007  250-999 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Olive-backed Euphonia Euphonia gouldi resident  1990-2007  2,500-9,999 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Black-faced Grosbeak Caryothraustes poliogaster resident  1990-2007  10,000-19,999 individuals  medium  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Aguacaliente (Lu Ha) Wildlife Sanctuary 2,213 protected area contained by site 2,213  
Altun Ha Archaelogical Reserve 16 protected area overlaps with site 18  
Bird Caye Bird Sanctuary 1 protected area overlaps with site 1  
Block 127 Private Reserve 3,565 protected area overlaps with site 3,565  
Burdon Canal Nature Reserve 2,127 protected area overlaps with site 2,416  
Caye Caulker Forest Reserve 38 protected area overlaps with site 61  
Caye Caulker Marine Reserve 3,913 protected area overlaps with site 3,913  
Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary 73,049 protected area overlaps with site 73,047  
Deep River Forest Reserve 27,232 protected area overlaps with site 31,798  
Gales Point Wildlife Sanctuary 3,681 protected area overlaps with site 3,681  
Golden Stream Corridor Preserve Private Reserve 6,086 protected area overlaps with site 11,019  
Gra Gra Lagoon National Park 534 protected area overlaps with site 484  
Grants Works Forest Reserve 3,200 protected area overlaps with site 3,439  
Hol Chan Marine Reserve 401 protected area overlaps with site 1,638  
Los Salones Bird Sanctuary 1 protected area overlaps with site 1  
Machaca Forest Reserve 1,253 protected area overlaps with site 1,520  
Manatee Forest Reserve 36,576 protected area overlaps with site 3,300  
Mango Creek (1) Forest Reserve 4,372 protected area overlaps with site 14,385  
Monkey Caye Forest Reserve 670 protected area overlaps with site 591  
Monkey Caye Bird Sanctuary Bird Sanctuary 1 protected area overlaps with site 1  
Port Honduras Marine Reserve 1,323 protected area overlaps with site 40,622  
Port Honduras Marine Reserve 1,323 protected area overlaps with site 40,622  
Sarstoon-Temash National Park 16,938 protected area contained by site 16,938  
Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary 3,631 protected area overlaps with site 3,630  
Swasey-Bladen Forest Reserve 5,981 protected area overlaps with site 5,981  
Un-named Bird Sanctuary Bird Sanctuary 1 protected area overlaps with site 1  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland)   2%
Savanna   3%
Artificial - terrestrial   minor
Forest Mangrove  66%
Sea   25%
Shrubland   minor
Coastline   3%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Belize Coastal and near shore islands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/12/2014

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