El Imposible Forest

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2007 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
White-bellied Chachalaca Ortalis leucogastra LC resident - unknown A3
Lesser Ground-cuckoo Morococcyx erythropygus LC resident - unknown A3
Pacific Screech-owl Megascops cooperi LC resident - unknown A3
Orange-fronted Parakeet Eupsittula canicularis VU resident - unknown A3
Long-tailed Manakin Chiroxiphia linearis LC resident - unknown A3
White-throated Magpie-jay Cyanocorax formosus LC resident - unknown A3
Banded Wren Thryophilus pleurostictus LC resident - unknown A3

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2007).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
San Benito I y II Area Natural Protegida 2,284 protected area contained by site 0
Las Colinas Parque Nacional 35 protected area contained by site 0
El Salto Parque Nacional 39 protected area overlaps with site 0
El Imposible y El Balsamero Parque Nacional 1,765 protected area contained by site 0

Local Conservation Groups

The Local Conservation Groups listed below are working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Naturalist Guides from El Imposible 1997
For more information on BirdLife's work with Local Conservation Groups, please click here.


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest -
Grassland -
Artificial/Terrestrial Perennial crops, orchards & groves -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: El Imposible Forest. Downloaded from on 22/02/2024.