IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2008 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Violet-throated Metaltail Metallura baroni VU resident 2003 present A1, A2
Carunculated Caracara Phalcoboenus carunculatus LC resident 2003 present A2
Stout-billed Cinclodes Cinclodes excelsior LC resident 2003 present A2
Mouse-colored Thistletail Asthenes griseomurina LC resident 2003 present A2
Giant Conebill Conirostrum binghami NT resident 2003 present A1

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2008).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Yanuncay - Irquis Protected Forest 33,410 protected area contained by site 0
Sunsun - Yanasacha Protected Forest 3,850 protected area contained by site 0
Quimsacocha Área Nacional de Recreación 3,217 protected area contained by site 0
Macizo del Cajas UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 44,156 protected area overlaps with site 0
Cajas Parque Nacional 29,389 protected area is adjacent to site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Paramo -
Forest Elfin forest, Montane broadleaf evergreen forest, Second-growth or disturbed forest -
Shrubland Semihumid/humid montane scrub -
Artificial/Terrestrial Perennial crops, orchards, groves, Improved pasture land -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
rangeland/pastureland -
water management -
agriculture -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Yanuncay-Yanasacha. Downloaded from on 28/02/2024.