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Location Suriname, Sipaliwini
Central coordinates 57o 36.33' West  4o 11.22' North
IBA criteria A1, A3, A4i
Area 1,683,697 ha
Altitude 10 - 934m
Year of IBA assessment 2008





Site description Kabalebo/Arapahu IBA is situated in between CSNR and the Corantijn river, the border with Guyana. Almost the whole watershed of the Kabalebo river is in the IBA. It is covered with pristine rainforest on terra firma, swamp and liana forest. In the north-west there is fishing and hunting by local indiginous people from Apoera. There is ecotourism near the Kabalebo airstrip and on Arapahu, an island in the south-west corner of the IBA. It is important for the Green Ibis. There has been done very little scientific research.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Marail Guan Penelope marail resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Black Curassow Crax alector resident  unknown  A3  Vulnerable 
Green Ibis Mesembrinibis cayennensis resident  2005-2006  4,000 individuals  poor  A4i  Least Concern 
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 
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 unknown  present  A3  Least Concern 
Tiny Tyrant-manakin Tyranneutes virescens resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Capuchinbird Perissocephalus tricolor 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 
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 
Brown-bellied Antwren Myrmotherula gutturalis resident  unknown  A3  Near Threatened 
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 
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 
Finsch's Euphonia Euphonia finschi resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Black-spotted Barbet Capito niger resident  unknown  A3  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Flooded tropical evergreen forest; Second-growth or disturbed forest; Tropical lowland evergreen forest  100%
Wetlands (inland) Riverine sand beaches; Rivers; Streams  minor

Land ownership Owned by state. In the north-western part Indigenous people from Apura have traditional hunting and fishing rights. Kabalebo Airstrip is leased by tour operator, Arapahu island in the south-west is leased by tour operator.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation minor
fisheries/aquaculture minor
hunting minor
not utilised major

Other biodiversity Not known.

Protection status Has no protected status.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kabalebo / Arapahu. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 01/08/2014

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