Country/territory: Guatemala

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (2007)
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Area: 163,393 ha

Protection status:

Site description
Yalijux is located in the Atlantic slope mountain range of Guatemala. Bordered by the rivers Cahabon and Polochic, this IBA includes forest fragments extending from cloud forest at 2600 m elevation to rainforest at 50 m.

Key biodiversity
Yalijux is an important site for birds restricted to the North Central American Highlands (16 species recorded) and biome-restricted species of the Madrean Highlands (39 species). The site supports populations of three globally threatened species, the resident Highland Guan (Penelopina nigra) and Pink-headed Warbler (Ergaticus versicolor), and Golden-cheeked Warbler (Dendroica chrysoparia) during migration. Ornithological research has been focused on the high-elevation areas of this IBA (Eisermann 1999, 2001, 2005, Renner 2003), Renner et. al 2006, Eisermann et al. 2006).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Yalijux. Downloaded from on 24/09/2020.