North-West Suriname

Country/territory: Suriname

IBA criteria met: A2, A3 (2008)
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Area: 216,386 ha

Site description (2008 baseline)
The IBA is situated east of the Corantijn river in the north-west of Suriname. There are large grass-swamps, in some parts swaying swamps. There are swamp forests along the creeks and rivers in the IBA. There are important populations of Giant River Otters and Manatees. The south-west of the IBA is used for hunting and fishing by the local indiginous people from Apoera and Washabo. For this reason the Kaboeri creek has been left out of the proposal for the MUMA.

Key biodiversity
Two restricted range species occur in this IBA, Veniliornis sanguineus Blood-colored Woodpecker and Picumnus minutissimus Arrowhead Piculet. The total number of species is 302 of which 17 are biome restricted. Hence this a IBA on A2 and A3 criteria. Very little research has been done.

Non-bird biodiversity: This site is also habitat for the Black Spider monkey( Ateles paniscus paniscus),the Ara Macao and the Tamandua (Tamandua longicaudata longicaudata).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: North-West Suriname. Downloaded from on 27/02/2024.