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Location Suriname, Sipaliwini
Central coordinates 56o 1.94' West  2o 2.58' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 100,000 ha
Altitude 259 - 757m
Year of IBA assessment 2008





Site description Sipaliwini Nature Reserve contains the sipaliwini savanna which is a northern extension of the Paru-savanna in Brazil. There are gallery forests, freshwater swamps, isolated patches of forests and granite outcroppings. This site is also habitat for the rare Blue poison arrow frog. There are two airstrips in the nature reserve. There are villages of the local indigenous people near the airstrip.

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 
Aratinga solstitialis resident  unknown  A1, A3  Not Recognised 
Black-headed Parrot Pionites melanocephalus resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Caica Parrot Pyrilia caica resident  unknown  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 
Black Nunbird Monasa atra resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Saffron-crested Tyrant-manakin Neopelma chrysocephalum resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Tiny Tyrant-manakin Tyranneutes virescens resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
White-fronted Manakin Lepidothrix serena resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Capuchinbird Perissocephalus tricolor resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Bearded Tachuri Polystictus pectoralis resident  unknown  A1  Near Threatened 
Rufous-sided Pygmy-tyrant Euscarthmus rufomarginatus resident  unknown  A1  Near Threatened 
Boat-billed Tody-tyrant Hemitriccus josephinae resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Painted Tody-flycatcher Todirostrum pictum resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-throated Flycatcher Conopias parvus 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 
Brown-bellied Antwren Myrmotherula gutturalis resident  unknown  A3  Near Threatened 
Spot-tailed Antwren Herpsilochmus sticturus 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 
Cayenne Jay Cyanocorax cayanus resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Collared Gnatwren Microbates collaris unknown  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Finsch's Euphonia Euphonia finschi unknown  unknown  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Sipaliwini Nature Reserve 100,000 is identical to site 100,000  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Savanna Cerrado; Savanna  65%
Forest Flooded tropical evergreen forest; Gallery (or Riparian) forest; Palm forest; Tropical lowland evergreen forest  35%

Land ownership Nature Reserve owned by the state, gold concession, validity of the concession is not sure. Indigenous people have traditional hunting rights.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research major
energy production and mining minor
Notes: There is a gold mining consession which is covering most of the nature reserve but it is almost certain that there is no gold. The indigenous people are against this gold mining. At the moment it is uncertain if the conceccion is still valid.
hunting major
Notes: By local indigenous people for own use. Also legal and illegal catching of animals and birds for the pet trade.

Other biodiversity The Sipaliwinisavanna is also a habitat for the threatened Poison arrow frog (Dendrobates Azureus), the rare Jabiru mycteria, the jaguar (Panthera onca), the giant riverotter (Pteronura brasiliensis).

Protection status This site is a Nature Reserve.

Access/Land-Owner requests Acces. It is custom that this area is entered after permission has been given by the chief of the Tareno tribe.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sipaliwini Nature Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/08/2014

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