St. Kitts Central Forest Reserve

Country/territory: St Kitts and Nevis

IBA criteria met: A2 (2007)
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Area: 5,960 ha

Site description (2007 baseline)
The St. Kitts Central Forest Reserve is comprised of all areas over 300 meters elevation. The dominant feature of the reserve is Mt. Liamuiga (1,156 m), the highest point on St. Kitts. It is part of the mountain range which runs north to south and forms the northern part of the island. Human settlement is limited to the lower elevations, where sugarcane fields were farmed and villages dot the coastal area. Canyons, or ghauts, radiate from the peak.

Key biodiversity
Restricted-range species found in the reserve include the Bridled Quail-dove Geotrygon mustacea, Lesser Antillean Flycatcher Myiarchus oberi berlepshii, Purple-throated Carib Eulampis jugularis, Green-throated Carib Eulampis holosericeus, Antillean Crested Hummingbird Orthorhyncus cristatus, Brown Trembler Cinclocerthia ruficauda pavida, Pearly-eyed Thrasher Margarops fuscatus, Scaly-breasted Thrasher Margops fuscus, Lesser Antillean Bullfinch Loxigilla noctis, and Antillean Euphonia Euphonia musica. Specific locations and population estimates were not found in the literature. Steadman et al. report that all except the Green-throated are common in undisturbed moist forests on St. Kitts.Six species of neotropical migrants have been reported from this habitat type on St. Kitts

Non-bird biodiversity: No endemic or threatened botanical species are reported for St. Kitts. Restricted-range herpetofauna and bats are not known but likely exist within the proposed IBA.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: St. Kitts Central Forest Reserve. Downloaded from on 05/12/2023.