Country/territory: Guatemala

IBA Criteria met: A1, A3 (2007)
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Area: 22,114 ha

Protection status:

Site description
Montecristo is a mountain range divided by the border between Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, ranging in elevation from 700 to 2300 m.

Key biodiversity
IBA Montecristo is important for biome-restricted birds of the Madrean Highlands, including a population of the globally threatened Highland Guan (Penelopina nigra). The site is expected to be important for a large number of species restricted to the North Central American Highlands, based on data from the El Salvadoran part (Komar 2000, 2002). Because of data deficiency the Guatemalan part does currently not apply under the criterion of importance for range-restricted species. Little ornithological research has been carried out in Guatemala (Herrera et al. 1998, Eisermann 2006).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Montecristo. Downloaded from on 11/08/2020.