Country/territory: Guatemala

IBA criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (2007)
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Area: 303,813 ha

Site summary
Cuchumatenes is an important site for range-restricted birds of the North Central American Highlands and for biome-restricted species of the Madrean Highlands. The site supports populations of three globally threatened species: Highland and Horned Guan and Pink-headed Warbler. Plantations of coffee, cardamom, and corn, and secondary growth scrub cover about 46% of the IBA. Only 2.4% of the IBA are legally protected.

Consejo Nacional de Areas Protegidas (CONAP) - Solola supported a workshop to identify IBAs in June 2006, hosted by Universdad del Valle (UVG) Altiplano in Solola. Input of unpublished data and suggestions for the delimitation of the IBA was provided during this workshop by representatives of CONAP, UVG Altiplano, Fundación para el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), 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.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Cuchumatanes. Downloaded from on 22/02/2024.