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Location Suriname, Sipaliwini
Central coordinates 56o 48.99' West  4o 34.40' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 561,327 ha
Altitude 32 - 946m
Year of IBA assessment 2008





Site description The Bakhuys gebergte (mountains) is situated north-west of the Central Suriname Nature Reserve. There are many bauxite hills, varying in height from 300 to 946 m. The water from this area streams to the Coppename river in the east, the Kabalebo river in the west. The Nickerie river has here it's origin. The hills and valleys are covered with pristine forest, forest on terra firma and swamp forest. On some places there is liana forest. The area is known for its natural resources. Most important are bauxite and diamonds. The Biodiversity is very high.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black-spotted Barbet Capito niger resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Marail Guan Penelope marail resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Black Curassow Crax alector resident  unknown  A3  Vulnerable 
Harpy Eagle Harpia harpyja resident  unknown  A1  Near Threatened 
Crested Eagle Morphnus guianensis resident  unknown  A1  Near Threatened 
Black-headed Parrot Pionites melanocephalus resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Caica Parrot Pyrilia caica resident  unknown  A3  Near Threatened 
Blue-cheeked Amazon Amazona dufresniana resident  unknown  A1, A3  Near Threatened 
Green Araçari Pteroglossus viridis resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Guianan Toucanet Selenidera piperivora resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Golden-collared Woodpecker Veniliornis cassini resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Galbula albirostris resident  unknown  A3  Not Recognised 
Guianan Puffbird Notharchus macrorhynchos resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Black Nunbird Monasa atra resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Tiny Tyrant-manakin Tyranneutes virescens resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
White-throated Manakin Corapipo gutturalis resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
White-fronted Manakin Lepidothrix serena resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Dusky Purpletuft Iodopleura fusca resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Glossy-backed Becard Pachyramphus surinamus resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Guianan Cock-of-the-rock Rupicola rupicola resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Capuchinbird Perissocephalus tricolor resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Olive-green Tyrannulet Phylloscartes virescens resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Boat-billed Tody-tyrant Hemitriccus josephinae resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Painted Tody-flycatcher Todirostrum pictum resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
White-throated Pewee Contopus albogularis resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-throated Flycatcher Conopias parvus resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Black-throated Antshrike Frederickena viridis resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Band-tailed Antshrike Sakesphorus melanothorax resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-bellied Antwren Myrmotherula guttata resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Spot-tailed Antwren Herpsilochmus sticturus resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Todd's Antwren Herpsilochmus stictocephalus resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Black-headed Antbird Percnostola rufifrons resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-throated Antbird Gymnopithys rufigula resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
MacConnell's Spinetail Synallaxis macconnelli resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Red-billed Woodcreeper Hylexetastes perrotii resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Cayenne Jay Cyanocorax cayanus resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Collared Gnatwren Microbates collaris resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-backed Tanager Cyanicterus cyanicterus resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Plumbeous Euphonia Euphonia plumbea resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Finsch's Euphonia Euphonia finschi resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Flooded tropical evergreen forest; River-edge (river island) forest; Second-growth or disturbed forest; Tropical lowland evergreen forest  100%

Land ownership Owned by the state. Billiton has an exploration consession for bauxite it is almost sure that the hill tops will be mined in the near future.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
energy production and mining -
Notes: There are plans to mine bauxite hills in the near future.
not utilised 100%

Protection status Bakhyus gebergte has no protected status.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bakhuys mountains. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/09/2014

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