Dos Pos

Dos Pos is located in the north of Bonaire, east of Gotomeer, right next to the Washington-Slagbaai National Park. The area is characterised by numerous small hills and sheltered valleys, and includes a small freshwater pond. The area covers an area of 2.35 km² (235 hectares) and includes one of Bonaire’s few freshwater sites as well as Roi Sangu – a 100 metre (328 feet) wide canyon with 25 metre (82 feet) high cliffs. Dos Pos is not protected and is both owned privately and by the state.


Birdlife International has designated Dos Pos as an Important Bird Area for Bonaire. The area has been denominated as IBA AN010. The site is an especially important breeding and roosting site for the Yellow-shouldered Amazon parrot (Amazona barbadensis). The Yellow-shouldered Amazon is classified as vulnerable under the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. In winter, approximately 40% of the island’s parrots roost at Dos Pos (in three separate roosts). Dos Pos is also a significant habitat for Neotropical migrant passerines, and the small pond supports some waterbirds, including the Caribbean Coot (Fulica caribaea). Aside from the Yellow-shouldered Amazon, two other restricted-range species occur in this area, namely the Caribbean Elaenia (Elaenia martinica) and the Pearly-eyed Thrasher (Margarops fuscatus).

Source: BirdLife International. (2008). Important Bird Areas in the Caribbean: Key sites for Conservation. Cambridge, UK: BirdLife International. (BirdLife Conservation Series No. 15).
Bonaire Special Areas, Dry forest - Areas, Special Conservation Areas