Santiaguito Volcano

Country/territory: Guatemala

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (2007)
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Area: 121,461 ha

Protection status:

Site description
IBA Santiaguito Volcano is located in the Guatemalan volcanic belt, bordered in the West by IBA Tacana-Tajumulco and in the East by IBA Atitlan. The site includes volcano Santiaguito, one of Guatemala’s active volcanoes, and the major volcanoes Santa María, Santiaguito, Chicabal, and Santo Tomás. The site ranges in altitude from 500 to 3600 m.

Key biodiversity
IBA Santiaguito Volcano is important for range-restricted species of the North Central American Highlands (16 species recorded) and of the North Central American Pacific Slope (2 species), and for biome-restricted species of the Madrean Highlands (36 species) and the Pacific Arid Slope (6 species). The site supports populations of four globally threatened species: Highland and Horned Guan (Penelopina nigra and Oreophasis derbianus), Pink-headed Warbler (Ergaticus versicolor), and Azure-rumped Tanager (Tangara cabanisi), according to local bird inventories (Vannini 1989, Tenez 1997, 2005, Valle et al. 2000, González-García et al. 2001, 2006, Cooper 2003, Brooks & Gee 2006, Eisermann & Avendaño 2007).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Santiaguito Volcano. Downloaded from on 16/01/2021.