Santiaguito Volcano

Country/territory: Guatemala

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

Site summary
IBA Santiaguito Volcano is an important site for range-restricted birds of the North Central American Highlands and the North Central American Pacific Slope. The area supports four globally threatened species: Highland and Horned Guan, Pink-headed Warbler, and Azure-rumped Tanager. Coffee plantations, corn fields, and secondary growth scrub cover 69% of the IBA. About 21% of the IBA are legally protected.

Consejo Nacional de Areas Protegidas (CONAP) - Solola supported a workshop to identify IBAs in June 2006, hosted by Universidad del Valle (Altiplano) in Solola, and the Museum of Natural History Jorge Ibarra, hosted a workshop in Guatemala City in June 2006. Input of unpublished data and suggestions for the delimitation of the IBA were provided during these workshop by representatives of CONAP, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala - Altiplano, Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, Fundación para el Ecodesarrollo y la Conservación (FUNDAECO) – Huehuetenango; Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería y Alimentación de Guatemala (MAGA) - Solola, Cuerpo de Paz, Municipality of Tecpan, Autoridad para el Manejo Sustentable de la Cuenca del Lago Atitlán y su Entorno (AMSCLAE), and Los Tarrales Nature Reserve, and by Jason Berry of Conservation International – Washington D.C. during personal consultation. 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 Areas factsheet: Santiaguito Volcano. Downloaded from on 07/02/2023.