Damani Wetlands

Year of compilation: 2007

Site description (baseline)
This area consists of extensive freshwater wetlands on the Chiriquí Lagoon and the base of the Valiente Peninsula.

Key biodiversity
Threatened and near-threatened species reported for the area include Harpy Eagle, Great Curassow, and Three-wattled Bellbird, although only Great Curassow may reach thresholds. Three of the 11 species of EBA 019 (27%) have been reported from the area (Lattice-tailed Trogon, Snowy Cotinga, and Sulphur-rumped Tanager. Since it is likely that Black-crowned Antpitta also occurs, this site probably also qualifies under A2. The site is along the major route of migratory raptors through Bocas del Toro, and almost certainly exceeds A4i levels for these species.

Non-bird biodiversity: West Indian Manatee occurs.

Habitat and land use
The area consists mainly of freshwater swamps dominated by orey Campnosperma. There is some subsistence agriculture.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Threats are poorly known, but include hunting and deforestation for subsistence agriculture.

Conservation responses/actions for key biodiversity
A survey was carried out by Alonzo et al. 2004

Protected areas
This site has recently been designated a protected area as a Humedal de Importancia Internacional by ANAM.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Damani Wetlands. Downloaded from on 10/06/2023.