Sierra de las Minas - Motagua

Country/territory: Guatemala

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (2007)
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Area: 426,957 ha

Site summary
Sierra de las Minas-Motagua is an important site for species restricted to the North Central American and Madrean Highlands, and to the Pacific Arid Slope. The site supports five globally threatened species: Highland and Horned Guan, Keel-billed Motmot, Pink-headed and Golden-cheeked Warbler. This IBA is threatened by forest fires, illegal logging, and unsustainable use of forest resources.

Workshops to identify IBAs were held in Guatemala City in June 2006, hosted by the Museum of Natural History Jorge Ibarra, and in Cobán in August 2006. Input of unpublished data and suggestions for the delimitation of the IBA were provided during these workshop by representatives of Consejo Nacional de Areas Protegidas (CONAP), Fundación Defensores de la Naturaleza, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, Biotopo del Quetzal, Centro de Acción Legal – Ambiental y Social de Guatemala (CALAS), and Asociación de Proyectos Evaluados Raxmu (PROEVAL RAXMU). 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: Sierra de las Minas - Motagua. Downloaded from on 06/02/2023.