IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2008

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Baudo Guan Penelope ortoni EN resident 2003 present A1
Rufous-headed Chachalaca Ortalis erythroptera VU resident 2003 rare A1
Choco Poorwill Nyctiphrynus rosenbergi LC resident 2003 rare A1
Brown Wood-rail Aramides wolfi VU resident 2003 uncommon A1
Plumbeous Hawk Cryptoleucopteryx plumbea NT resident 2003 present A1
Guayaquil Woodpecker Campephilus gayaquilensis LC resident 2003 uncommon A1
Ochraceous Attila Attila torridus VU resident 2003 rare A1
Scarlet-breasted Dacnis Dacnis berlepschi VU resident 2003 uncommon A1
Blue-whiskered Tanager Tangara johannae NT resident 2003 present A1

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here

IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Reserva Ecológica de Manglares Cayapas-Mataje Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 44,847 protected area contained by site 44,847
Manglares Cayapas Mataje Reserva Ecológica 56,420 protected area overlaps with site 0
La Boca-Quinto Piso Protected Forest 1,155 protected area contained by site 0
Humedal del Yalare Protected Forest 1,145 protected area contained by site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
Marine Intertidal -
Forest Tropical lowland evergreen forest, Flooded tropical evergreen forest, Mangrove, Second-growth or disturbed forest -
Wetlands (inland) Ephemeral pools and wetlands, Riverine floodplains, Freshwater lakes and pools, Freshwater marshes/swamps -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Urban parks and gardens, Urban and industrial areas, Forestry and agro-industrial plantations, Improved pasture land, Perennial crops, orchards, groves, Abandoned or fallow farmland, disturbed ground -
Marine Neritic -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting -
fisheries/aquaculture -
agriculture -
tourism/recreation -
other -
urban/industrial/transport -
rangeland/pastureland -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mataje-Cayapas-Santiago. Downloaded from on 09/12/2022.