Rio Platano

IBA Justification

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2008

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population at site IBA criteria triggered
Great Curassow Crax rubra VU resident - unknown A1
Black-throated Bobwhite Colinus nigrogularis LC unknown - unknown A3
Wedge-tailed Sabrewing Pampa curvipennis LC unknown - unknown A3
Wood Stork Mycteria americana LC resident - 450 individuals A4i
Jabiru Jabiru mycteria LC unknown - 150 individuals A4i
Green Ibis Mesembrinibis cayennensis LC unknown - 750 individuals A4i
Bare-throated Tiger-heron Tigrisoma mexicanum LC resident - 500 individuals A4i
Boat-billed Heron Cochlearius cochlearius LC resident - 8,000 individuals A4i
Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor LC non-breeding - 1,100 individuals A4i
Collared Plover Charadrius collaris LC unknown - 150 unknown A4i
Snowy Plover Charadrius nivosus NT unknown - 180 individuals A4i
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius LC non-breeding - 1,200 individuals A4i
Crested Eagle Morphnus guianensis NT resident - unknown A1
Harpy Eagle Harpia harpyja VU resident - unknown A1
Keel-billed Motmot Electron carinatum VU unknown - unknown A1, A3
Rufous-winged Woodpecker Piculus simplex LC resident - unknown A3
Chestnut-colored Woodpecker Celeus castaneus LC resident - unknown A3
Great Green Macaw Ara ambiguus CR resident - unknown A1
Streak-crowned Antvireo Dysithamnus striaticeps LC resident - unknown A2, A3
Tawny-winged Woodcreeper Dendrocincla anabatina LC resident - unknown A3
White-collared Manakin Manacus candei LC resident - unknown A3
Three-wattled Bellbird Procnias tricarunculatus VU unknown - unknown A1
Lovely Cotinga Cotinga amabilis LC resident - unknown A3
Snowy Cotinga Carpodectes nitidus LC resident - unknown A2, A3
Grey-headed Piprites Piprites griseiceps LC resident - unknown A2, A3
Yellow-bellied Tyrannulet Ornithion semiflavum LC resident - unknown A3
Yellow-crowned Euphonia Euphonia luteicapilla LC unknown - unknown A3
Olive-backed Euphonia Euphonia gouldi LC resident - unknown A3
Montezuma Oropendola Psarocolius montezuma LC resident - unknown A3
Black-cowled Oriole Icterus prosthemelas LC resident - unknown A3
Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera NT non-breeding - unknown A1
Cerulean Warbler Setophaga cerulea NT passage - unknown A1
Painted Bunting Passerina ciris LC non-breeding - unknown A1
Black-faced Grosbeak Caryothraustes poliogaster LC resident - unknown A3
White-throated Shrike-tanager Lanio leucothorax NT resident - unknown A3
Crimson-collared Tanager Ramphocelus sanguinolentus LC resident - unknown A3
Scarlet-rumped Tanager Ramphocelus passerinii LC resident - unknown A3

Note: The current IUCN Red List category may differ from the category that was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment.

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IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Tawahka Asangni Reserva Biológica 250,942 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve World Heritage Site (natural or mixed) 500,000 protected area overlaps with site 500,000
Río Plátano UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 800,000 protected area contains site 797,954
Río Plátano Parque Nacional 832,330 protected area contains site 0
Patuca Parque Nacional 375,561 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Laguna de Bacalar Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 7,394 protected area overlaps with site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Tropical lowland evergreen, Mangrove -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Rio Platano. Downloaded from on 31/05/2023.