Cerro Miramundo

Year of compilation: 2008

Site description (baseline)
Cerro Miramundo is an isolated cloud forest site in southern Guatemela, ranging in elevation from 1600 to 2700 m.

Key biodiversity
Cerro Miramundo is important for biome-restricted species of the Madrean Highlands (18 species recorded). The site supports a small population of the globally threatened Pink-headed Warbler (Ergaticus versicolor) (Valdez et al. 1999). The site is expected to be important for a large number of species restricted to the North Central American Highlands; because of data deficiency the site does currently not apply under the criterion of importance for range-restricted species. Some species records from a rapid assessment (Valdez et al. 1999) are the only recent data available for this IBA.

Habitat and land use
About 57% of the IBA is covered with mixed and broadleaf forest, and 43% of the area are used for agriculture: coffee plantations occupy 16% of the IBA, corn fields 5%, secondary growth scrub 16%, and pasture 1% (MAGA 2006).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Natural habitat is threatened by an advancing agricultural border, forest fires, unsustainable use of forest resources.

Protected areas
No part of this IBA has a status of legal protection (CONAP 2007).

The Museum of Natural History Jorge Ibarra hosted a workshop to identy IBA in Guatemala Citi in June 2006. This first assessment of IBAs in Guatemala was conducted by Sociedad Guatemalteca de Ornitología and BirdLife International in the Americas.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Cerro Miramundo. Downloaded from on 03/06/2023.