Guatemalan Caribbean Slope

Country/territory: Guatemala

IBA Criteria met: A1, A3 (2007)
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Area: 465,945 ha

Protection status:

Site description
Guatemalan Caribbean Slope includes lowland and lower montane habitats, including Lake Izabal and the delta of the Polochic river. The IBA ranges in elevation from sea level to 1300 m, and is bordered by Belize in the north and Honduras in the south.

Key biodiversity
Guatemalan Caribbean Slope is important for biome-restricted species of the Gulf Caribbean Slope (17 species recorded). Four globally threatened species occur regularly in the IBA. The site supports the only breeding population of Yellow-headed Parrot (Amazona oratrix) in Guatemala (Eisermann 2003). Highland Guan (Penelopina nigra) has been recorded in the cloud forests near the Honduran border (Cerezo & Ramírez 2003, Eisermann et al. 2006), and Keel-billed Motmot (Electron carinatum) has been recorded at several sites (Eisermann 2005, Eisermann & Avendaño 2007). Cerulean Warbler (Dendroica cerulea) occurs regularly during migration (Cerezo et al. 2005, Welton et al. 2007).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Guatemalan Caribbean Slope. Downloaded from on 05/12/2020.