Sierra de las Minas - Motagua

Country/territory: Guatemala

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

Protection status:

Site description
Sierra de las Minas-Motagua includes the Sierra de las Minas mountain range with the largest continuous cloud forest in Guatemala, Sierra de Chuacús, and the adjoining Motagua valley, which is the driest area in Central America. The IBA ranges in elevation from 50 to 3000 m.

Key biodiversity
Sierra de las Minas-Motagua is important for range-restricted species of the North Central American Highlands (14 species recorded), biome-restricted species of the Madrean Highland (34 species) and the Pacific Arid Slope (6 species). The site supports populations of five globally threatened species, of which four are breeding residents: Highland and Horned Guan (Penelopina nigra and Oreophasis derbianus), Keel-billed Motmot (Electron carinatum), and Pink-headed Warbler (Ergaticus versicolor). Golden-cheeked Warblers (Dendroica chrysoparia) winter in pine-oak forests on the southern slope of Sierra de las Minas.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sierra de las Minas - Motagua. Downloaded from on 30/10/2020.