Guatemalan Caribbean Slope

Country/territory: Guatemala

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

Site summary
Guatemalan Caribbean Slope is an important site for species restricted to the Gulf Caribbean Slope, and for four globally threatened species occurring regularly in the area: Highland Guan, Keel-billed Motmot, Yellow-headed Parrot, and Cerulean Warbler. This IBA is threatened by habitat fragmentation, forest fires, illegal logging, and unsustainable use of forest resources.

Workshops to identify IBAs were hosted by the Museum of Natural History Jorge Ibarra, in Guatemala City in June 2006, and by Wildlife Conservation Society - Guatemala in Peten in July 2006. Input of unpublished data and suggestions for the delimitation of the IBA were provided during these workshop by representatives of Consejo Nacional de Areas Protegidas (CONAP), ProPeten, Wildlife Conservation Society - Guatemala, Tikal National Park, Asociación de Rescate y Conservación de Animales Silvestres (ARCAS), Fundación Defensores de la Naturaleza, Fundación para el Ecodesarrollo y la Conservación (FUNDAECO), Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Biotopo del Quetzal, and Centro de Acción Legal – Ambiental y Social de Guatemala (CALAS). 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: Guatemalan Caribbean Slope. Downloaded from on 27/09/2023.