IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2007 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Keel-billed Motmot Electron carinatum VU resident 2006 < 50 individuals A1

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2007).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Sacul-Ha Parque Regional Municipal 422 protected area contained by site 0
Parque Nacional Yaxhá-Nakum-Naranjo Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 37,160 protected area overlaps with site 0
Montañas Mayas Chiquibul Reserva de la Biosfera 144,435 is identical to site 0
Maya UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 1,278,689 protected area is adjacent to site 145,036
Maya Zona de Amortiguamiento 848,440 protected area contained by site 123,599
La ENEA Parque Regional Municipal 66 protected area contained by site 0
El Vivero Parque Regional Municipal 7 protected area contained by site 0
Complejo III APSP Zona de Amortiguamiento 123,599 protected area contained by site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial/Terrestrial Abandoned & fallow farmland, disturbed ground, Arable land, Forestry & agro-industrial plantations, Improved pasture land, Other urban & industrial areas, Perennial crops, orchards & groves, Urban parks & gardens -
Forest Pine, Tropical lowland evergreen -
Grassland Second-growth & grazed -
Shrubland Second-growth & disturbed scrub -
Wetlands (inland) Freshwater lakes & pools, Streams -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
hunting -
nature conservation and research -
rangeland/pastureland -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -
water management -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Chiquibul. Downloaded from on 23/02/2024.