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Location Jamaica, Saint Elizabeth,Saint James Parish,Trelawny Parish
Central coordinates 77o 50.04' West  18o 13.55' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 15,735 ha
Altitude 150 - 620m
Year of IBA assessment 2007





Site description The majority of the Catadupa IBA is highly karstified (white limestone formation), with good secondary forest, and areas of distur-bance with bamboo and cultivation. The IBA includes the Lacovia Mountains on the south. Several rivers flow through (particularly the Great River) which give rise to small pockets of alluvium. The mountain range is steep in places and its vegetation includes Disturbed Broadleaf (secondary) forest. Agriculture & small rural settlements occur in the less steep areas and alongside rivers. Rainfall in the area is in the range 200 -380 cm per annum (Mor-rissey, 1983)

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-crowned Pigeon Patagioenas leucocephala resident  2007  21 individuals  medium  A1  Near Threatened 
Ring-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas caribaea resident  2007  28 individuals  medium  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Plain Pigeon Patagioenas inornata resident  2007  9 individuals  medium  A1  Near Threatened 
Crested Quail-dove Geotrygon versicolor resident  2007  9 individuals  medium  A1, A2  Near Threatened 
Black-billed Amazon Amazona agilis resident  2007  18 unknown  unknown  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Yellow-billed Amazon Amazona collaria resident  2007  58 individuals  medium  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo Coccyzus pluvialis resident  2007  5 individuals  poor  A2  Least Concern 
Jamaican Lizard-cuckoo Coccyzus vetula resident  2007  9 individuals  medium  A2  Least Concern 
Jamaican Owl Pseudoscops grammicus resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Jamaican Mango Anthracothorax mango resident  2007  1 individuals  medium  A2  Least Concern 
Red-billed Streamertail Trochilus polytmus resident  2007  67 individuals  medium  A2  Least Concern 
Vervain Hummingbird Mellisuga minima resident  2007  6 individuals  medium  A2  Least Concern 
Jamaican Tody Todus todus resident  2007  18 individuals  medium  A2  Least Concern 
Jamaican Woodpecker Melanerpes radiolatus resident  2007  49 individuals  medium  A2  Least Concern 
Jamaican Becard Pachyramphus niger resident  2007  8 individuals  medium  A2  Least Concern 
Jamaican Elaenia Myiopagis cotta resident  2007  17 individuals  medium  A2  Least Concern 
Greater Antillean Elaenia Elaenia fallax resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Jamaican Pewee Contopus pallidus resident  2007  18 individuals  medium  A2  Least Concern 
Sad Flycatcher Myiarchus barbirostris resident  2007  1 individuals  medium  A2  Least Concern 
Rufous-tailed Flycatcher Myiarchus validus resident  2007  11 individuals  medium  A2  Least Concern 
Stolid Flycatcher Myiarchus stolidus resident  2007  6 individuals  medium  A2  Least Concern 
Jamaican Vireo Vireo modestus resident  2007  71 individuals  medium  A2  Least Concern 
Blue Mountain Vireo Vireo osburni resident  2007  23 individuals  poor  A1, A2  Near Threatened 
Jamaican Crow Corvus jamaicensis resident  2007  8 individuals  medium  A2  Least Concern 
Rufous-throated Solitaire Myadestes genibarbis resident  2007  3 individuals  medium  A2  Least Concern 
White-chinned Thrush Turdus aurantius resident  2007  13 individuals  medium  A2  Least Concern 
White-eyed Thrush Turdus jamaicensis resident  2007  63 individuals  medium  A2  Least Concern 
Arrowhead Warbler Dendroica pharetra resident  2007  22 individuals  medium  A2  Least Concern 
Jamaican Oriole Icterus leucopteryx resident  2007  13 individuals  medium  A2  Least Concern 
Yellow-shouldered Grassquit Loxipasser anoxanthus resident  2007  12 individuals  medium  A2  Least Concern 
Orangequit Euneornis campestris resident  2007  48 individuals  medium  A2  Least Concern 
Jamaican Spindalis Spindalis nigricephala resident  2007  25 individuals  medium  A2  Least Concern 
Jamaican Euphonia Euphonia jamaica resident  2007  9 individuals  medium  A2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Fyffe and Rankine Forest Reserve 967 protected area contained by site 0  
Garlands Block A Forest Reserve 20 unknown 0  
Garlands Block B Forest Reserve 89 unknown 0  
Garlands Block C Forest Reserve 30 unknown 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Tropical wet limestone  major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture minor

Other biodiversity In 2003 Matthew S. Lehnert undertook a study of Papilio homerus in the Eldersley (southeastern) area of the IBA where a small population was located. This emphasizes the need for retention of connectivity between Catadupa and the Cockpit Country where other populations augment the number of indi-viduals. Caves in the IBA are documented in Fincham 1997 (2d ed.) maps 4 & 5. Snails abound in the area, and a recently recognized full species Pleurodonte catadupae “is found only in St. James on the western side of the Cockpit Country.” (Rosenberg & Muratov. 2005)

Further web sources of information 

Site profile from Important Bird Areas in the Caribbean: key sites for conservation (BirdLife International 2008)

References Fincham (1997);Lehnert (2007); Rosenberg and Muratov (2005)

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Catadupa. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/09/2014

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