Crooked Tree and associated wetlands

Country/territory: Belize

IBA criteria met: A1, A2, A3, A4i, A4iii (2007)
For more information about IBA criteria, please click here

Area: 160,345 ha

Belize Audubon Society

Site description (baseline)
This area is comprised of the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary which is also a RAMSAR site, Lamanai Archaeological Reserve, Monkey Bay National Park, Monkey Bay – a private reserve, Runaway Creek – a private reserve and the Manatee Forest Reserve. Crooked Tree and the surrounding wetlands make up a complex that was identified as important during the water bird risk assessment.

Key biodiversity
This 160,345 ha area has 400 recorded species of which 277 are residents, 243 are known or thought to breed in the area, 155 are species not known to nest in the area and 123 that are considered migrants. These include species that meet the A1, A2, A3, A4i, A4iii trigger criteria.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Crooked Tree and associated wetlands. Downloaded from on 04/06/2023.