Montecristo is an important site for biome-restricted birds of the Madrean Highlands, including a population of the globally threatened Highland Guan. Although the IBA is entirely legally protected, management deficiencies, and the establishment of non-traditional crops push the agricultural border up to an elevation of 1900 m, causing severe threats to the local biodiversity.
The Museum of Natural History Jorge Ibarra, hosted a workshop in Guatemala City in June 2006. This first assessment of IBAs in Guatemala was conducted by Sociedad Guatemalteca de Ornitología and BirdLife International in the Americas.
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Montecristo. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 01/12/2021.