Atitlan is an important site for range-restricted birds of the North Central American Highlands and the North Central American Pacific Slope. The site supports populations of four globally threatened species: Highland and Horned Guan, Pink-headed Warbler, and Azure-rumped Tanager. Coffee and corn plantations cover almost 40% of the IBA. Several of the local coffee plantation are strongly involved in forest conservation. About 50% of the IBA are legally protected.
Consejo Nacional de Areas Protegidas (CONAP) - Solola supported a workshop to identify IBAs in June 2006, hosted by Universidad del Valle (Altiplano) in Solola, and the Museum of Natural History Jorge Ibarra, hosted a workshop in Guatemala City in June 2006. Input of unpublished data and suggestions for the delimitation of the IBA were provided during these workshop by representatives of CONAP, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala - Altiplano, Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, Fundación para el Ecodesarrollo y la Conservación (FUNDAECO Huehuetenango), Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería y Alimentación de Guatemala (MAGA) - Solola, Cuerpo de Paz, Municipality of Tecpan, Autoridad para el Manejo Sustentable de la Cuenca del Lago Atitlán y su Entorno (AMSCLAE), Centro de Acción Legal – Ambiental y Social de Guatemala (CALAS), and Los Tarrales Nature Reserve. This first assessment of IBAs in Guatemala was conducted by Sociedad Guatemalteca de Ornitologia and BirdLife International in the Americas.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Atitlan. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 31/01/2023.