Aux Cornichons (629 ha) is situated on the Massif de la Selle, West of Seguin on State land. It consists of a slope bordered north by Morne Nacel and Roche Plate, east by Bois Pin Jean Noel, South by Étang Pouillet and West by Ti Place (18°21'N and 72°16' W). Altitudes range from 1000 to 1870 m. Population around Aux Cornichons is made of the former workforce brought in La Scierie area when the pine forest was under national exploitation during the mid 1950's.
It one of the most diverse IBA within the National Park La Visite. Eighteen endemic species are known in this IBA, among them the Endangered La Selle Trush, the Vulnerable Hispaniolan Parakeet, the near threatened Plain Pigeon, Hispaniolan Trogon and the vulnerable Chat Tanager. It is an important habitat for a number of endemics such as the Hispaniolan Trogon and waterbirds such as the Limpkin. Last inventory of January-February 2005, included misnetting, sight counting and banding from 5:00 am to 7pm. This area is of special concern since it is consider a population sink. Due to the fact that this area was never managed some species may have already been extirpated such as Hispaniolan Parrots and White-Winged Warblers
Non-bird biodiversity: This area is habitat for Plagiodontia aedium. Endemic species threatened are: Hypericum millefolium, Miconia rigidissima, Gesneria hypoclada, Siphocamylus caudatus, Ilex blancheana (discovered in 1984) and many of the orchids and epiphytes.
Compiler:Florence Sergile, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Aux Cornichons. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/01/2022.