email a friend
printable version
Location El Salvador, Ahuachapán
Central coordinates 90o 0.00' West  13o 41.50' North
IBA criteria A3
Area 2,500 ha
Altitude 0 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

SalvaNATURA (Affiliate)



Site description Contiene las mejores muestras de manglar (aprox. 2,000 ha) de la zona occidental de El Salvador, así como también humedales asociados como pantanos, desembocaduras de ríos, canales de agua, bosques inundables y extensas zonas de playones de arena y lodo que se descubren durante la marea baja y que son sitios de alimentación de aves playeras.

Key Biodiversity Alberga al menos seis sitios de anidación de aves acuáticas, sobresaliendo el sitio más grande de anidación de "Boat-billed Heron" Cochlearius cochlearius para el país (140 nidos). También tiene la única población de "Gray-necked Wood-Rail" (Aramides cajanea) en el país.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-bellied Chachalaca Ortalis leucogastra resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Orange-fronted Parakeet Eupsittula canicularis resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Lesser Ground-cuckoo Morococcyx erythropygus resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Pacific Screech-owl Megascops cooperi resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Nutting's Flycatcher Myiarchus nuttingi unknown  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
White-throated Magpie-jay Calocitta formosa resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Banded Wren Thryothorus pleurostictus resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2013 very high not assessed low
unset
Unknown

Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species direct mortality of trigger species - hunting and trapping happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Pollution domestic and urban waste water happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  low 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mangrove  80%
Coastline Estuarine waters; Intertidal mud, sand & salt flats; Sand dunes & beaches; Shallow marine areas, coral reefs & keys  major

References Dickey, D. R. & van Rossem, A. J. 1938. The birds of El Salvador. Field Mus. Nat. Hist. Zool. Ser. 23, 1-609. // Ibarra Portillo, R.E., N.O. Herrera & M.E. Salinas. 2005. Diagnóstico de las colonias de anidación de aves acuáticas de la zona costera de El Salvador, América Central, MARN-FUNZEL-PZN-AECI. //SalvaNATURA. 2007. Base de datos de Flora y Fauna (Aves). SalvaNATURA. San Salvador, El Salvador.

Contribute  Please click here to help BirdLife conserve the world's birds - your data for this IBA and others are vital for helping protect the environment.

Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Barra de Santiago. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/11/2014

To provide new information to update this factsheet or to correct any errors, please email BirdLife