El Imposible Forest

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2007

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
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

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here

IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap 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 below are working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Naturalist Guides from El Imposible 1997
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IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest -
Grassland -
Artificial/Terrestrial Perennial crops, orchards & groves -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: El Imposible Forest. Downloaded from on 23/03/2023.