Reserva Nacional Altos de Lircay This is an IBA in Danger! 

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2019 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
Chilean Tinamou Nothoprocta perdicaria LC resident 2008 uncommon A2
Chilean Pigeon Patagioenas araucana LC resident 2015-2019 2-30 individuals A2, A3
Magellanic Woodpecker Campephilus magellanicus LC resident 2015-2019 1-11 individuals A3
Austral Parakeet Enicognathus ferrugineus LC resident 2015-2019 1-50 individuals A3
Chestnut-throated Huet-huet Pteroptochos castaneus LC resident 2015-2019 1-12 individuals A2
Ochre-flanked Tapaculo Eugralla paradoxa LC resident 2015-2019 1-2 individuals A2, A3
White-throated Treerunner Pygarrhichas albogularis LC resident 2015-2019 8-32 individuals A3
Thorn-tailed Rayadito Aphrastura spinicauda LC resident 2015-2019 5-100 individuals A3
Dusky-tailed Canastero Pseudasthenes humicola LC resident 2008 present A2
Patagonian Tyrant Colorhamphus parvirostris LC resident 2015-2019 1-16 individuals A3
Fire-eyed Diucon Xolmis pyrope LC resident 2015-2019 1-14 individuals A3
Chilean Mockingbird Mimus thenca LC resident 2015-2019 1-10 individuals A2

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2019).

IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2019 favourable very high medium
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
no habitat good

State (condition of the trigger species' habitats)
Habitat Habitat detail Reference area (ha) Actual area (ha) Habitat quantity (% remaining) Habitat quality (carrying capacity) Result
Forest 0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable

Pressure (threats to the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Natural system modifications fire & fire suppression - increase in fire frequency/intensity likely in short term (within 4 years) whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species Some limited conservation initiatives are in place medium
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Altos de Lircay Reserva Nacional 11,597 protected area overlaps with site 12,163


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Temperate deciduous woods -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) Inland cliffs -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Reserva Nacional Altos de Lircay. Downloaded from on 03/10/2023.