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Location El Salvador, Ahuachapán
Central coordinates 89o 56.30' West  13o 50.50' North
IBA criteria A3
Area 5,414 ha
Altitude 250 - 1,400m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

SalvaNATURA (Affiliate)

Site description El IBA incluye 9,800 ha, que incluye más de 5,800 ha de bosque seco y montano (una extensión de la ecoregión bosques húmedos de la Sierra Madre de Chiapas), con 4000 ha ubicadas dentro del Parque Nacional El Imposible.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-bellied Chachalaca Ortalis leucogastra resident  A3  Least Concern 
Great Curassow Crax rubra resident    Vulnerable 
White-faced Quail-dove Geotrygon albifacies resident    Least Concern 
Green Parakeet Aratinga holochlora resident    Least Concern 
Orange-fronted Parakeet Aratinga canicularis resident  A3  Least Concern 
Lesser Ground-cuckoo Morococcyx erythropygus resident  A3  Least Concern 
Pacific Screech-owl Megascops cooperi resident  A3  Least Concern 
Long-tailed Manakin Chiroxiphia linearis resident  A3  Least Concern 
Bushy-crested Jay Cyanocorax melanocyaneus resident    Least Concern 
White-throated Magpie-jay Calocitta formosa resident  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-naped Wren Campylorhynchus rufinucha resident    Least Concern 
Banded Wren Thryothorus pleurostictus resident  A3  Least Concern 
White-lored Gnatcatcher Polioptila albiloris resident    Least Concern 
Brown-backed Solitaire Myadestes occidentalis resident    Least Concern 
Bar-winged Oriole Icterus maculialatus resident    Least Concern 
White-eared Ground-sparrow Melozone leucotis resident    Least Concern 
Painted Bunting Passerina ciris winter    Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
El Imposible y El Balsamero National Park 1,765 unknown 0  

Local conservation groups The local conservation group below is working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Naturalist Guides from El Imposible 1997


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   major
Grassland   minor
Artificial - terrestrial Perennial crops, orchards & groves  major

Protection status El Parque Nacional El Imposible está comanejado por SalvaNATURA (afiliado nacional de BirdLife International) desde 1991.

References Komar, O. 2003. Lista de aves para el Parque Nacional El Imposible in Alvarez, J. M. & O. Komar, eds. El Parque Nacional El Imposible y su vida silvestre. pp. 215-225. San Salvador, El Salvador., SalvaNATURA. //Komar, O. 2002. Priority conservation areas for birds in El Salvador. Animal Conservation 5: 173-183.//Komar, O. & Herrera, N. 1995. Avian diversity at El Imposible National Park and San Marcelino Wildlife Refuge, El Salvador. Working Paper 4:1-76. Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx, New York. //Thurber, W. A., Serrano, J. F., Sermeño, A., & Benítez, M. Status of uncommon and previously unreported birds of El Salvador. Proceedings of the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology 3, 109-293. 1987. Plan de Manejo PNEI- Ramirez Sosa y O. Komar (1996), Libro de Flora y Fauna El Imposible (Alvarez y Komar xxx), Serie de Biodiversidad No. 2.// SalvaNATURA. 2007. Base de datos de Flora y Fauna (Aves). SalvaNATURA. San Salvador, El Salvador.//Domínguez, J. P. & Komar, O. 2006. Guía a las aves del Parque Nacional El Imposible. Tomo I y Tomo II. SalvaNATURA Materiales Educativos. Notes: SalvaNATURA, San Salvador, El Salvador.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: El Imposible Forest. Downloaded from on 18/04/2014

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