Country/territory: Guatemala

IBA criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (2007)
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Area: 71,429 ha

Site summary
Sacranix is an important site for range-restricted birds of the North Central American Highlands, including the threatened Highland Guan. The site still provides continuous forest cover from 2200 m to 400 m elevation. Although less than 1% of the IBA is legally protected, larger tracts of the forest are considered protected at least on the mid term (10 years) by providing alternative income and forest easements to local farmers. About the half of the IBA is used for growing corn, coffee, and cardamom.

PROEVAL RAXMU Bird Monitoring Program provided unpublished ornithological data. Input of unpublished data and suggestions for the delimitation of the IBA was provided during a workshop in Cobán, in August 2006, by representatives of Consejo Nacional de Areas Protegidas (CONAP) - Las Verapaces, Asociación de Proyectos Evaluados Raxmu (PROEVAL RAXMU), Peace Corps, Cooperativa Sanimtaca, Cooperativa Samac, and Comité Central Menotita. 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: Sacranix. Downloaded from on 04/06/2023.