Site description (2007 baseline)
Morne Diablotin National Park (MDNP) is located within one of the northern mountain ranges and boasts the tallest mountain peak Morne Diablotin (1447m) on Dominica. The MDNP was established in January 2000, the first park to be established in the new millennium and covers some 3,335.4 hectares, between the 579m elevation and 1447m elevation. The MDNP primary function is to specifically provide habitat for Dominica’s two endemic Amazona parrots. Private lands are located mainly on the north, northwestern and southwestern boundaries of the park and used strictly for agricultural holdings. Human settlements are more than 10km away on the western coastal region.
This site supports one endangered and one vulnerable species of parrots, and 15 restricted- range species. Black-throated Blue Warbler (Dendroica caerulescens), Hooded Warbler (Wilsonia citrine), Black-and-White Warbler (Mniotilta varia), and Merlin (Falco columbarius) are the more common migrant species seen at that site. The Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) and Yellow-crowned night Heron (Nycticorax violaceus) are the more frequently seen waterbirds in the park.
Non-bird biodiversity: Other flora found in the Morne Diablotin National Park is Mang Blan (Symphonia globulifera), Mang Rouge (Tovomita plumieri), Bwa Rouge (Cyrilla racemiflora), Bwa Riviere (Chimarhis cymosa), Bwa Bandé (Richeria grandis), Bwa Cote (Tapura latifolia), Bwa Pen (Talauma dodecapetala), Kaklen (Clusia mangle), and Palmiste (Euterpe broadwayi) and (Prestoea acuminate). Fauna species include Feral Pigs (Sus scrofa), several species of bats, Agouti (Dasyprocta leporine), Opossum (Didelphys marsupialis insularis), Boa Constrictor (Constrictor constrictor nebulosis), the Lesser Antillean Iguana (Iguana delacatissima), Tree Lizard (Anolis oculatus), the pigmy gecko (Sphaerodactylus vincenti) and other lizard species, the Dominican tink frog (Eleutherodactylus amplinympha), and several species of freshwater fish and crustaceans.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Morne Diablotin National Park. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/morne-diablotin-national-park-iba-dominica on 27/09/2023.