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Location Guatemala, Quiché
Central coordinates 90o 44.89' West  15o 31.10' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 45,173 ha
Altitude 300 - 2,600m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Summary Cerro El Amay is an important site for biome-restricted birds of the Madrean Highlands. The site supports populations of two globally threatened species: Highland and Horned Guan. Cardamom and corn plantations, and secondary growth scrub cover 42% of the IBA. About 10% of the IBA are legally protected.

Site description Cerro El Amay is located in the Atlantic slope mountain range of Guatemala. The site includes large fragments of cloud forest and ranges in elevation from 300 to 2600 m.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Horned Guan Oreophasis derbianus unknown  2006  unknown [units unknown]  A1, A3  Endangered 
Highland Guan Penelopina nigra resident  2006  poor  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
Plain Chachalaca Ortalis vetula resident  2006  poor    Least Concern 
White-faced Quail-dove Geotrygon albifacies resident  2006  poor  A3  Least Concern 
White-eared Hummingbird Hylocharis leucotis resident  2006  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Amethyst-throated Hummingbird Lampornis amethystinus resident  2006  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Green-throated Mountain-gem Lampornis viridipallens resident  2006  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Garnet-throated Hummingbird Lamprolaima rhami resident  2006  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-throated Motmot Aspatha gularis resident  2006  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Buff-breasted Flycatcher Empidonax fulvifrons resident  2006  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Bushy-crested Jay Cyanocorax melanocyaneus resident  2006  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Grey Silky-flycatcher Ptilogonys cinereus winter  2006  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Black-capped Swallow Notiochelidon pileata resident  2006  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-browed Wren Troglodytes rufociliatus resident  2006  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Brown-backed Solitaire Myadestes occidentalis resident  2006  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Slate-coloured Solitaire Myadestes unicolor resident  2006  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Black Thrush Turdus infuscatus resident  2006  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Black-vented Oriole Icterus wagleri resident  2006  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Prevost's Ground-sparrow Melozone biarcuata resident  2006  poor    Least Concern 
Crimson-collared Tanager Ramphocelus sanguinolentus resident  2006  poor    Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Finca Chimel Private Nature Reserve 2,000 protected area contained by site 0  
Finca La Gloria Private Nature Reserve 202 protected area contained by site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial Forestry & agro-industrial plantations; Other urban & industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards & groves  32%
Forest Montane broadleaf evergreen; Pine-oak  57%
Shrubland Second-growth & disturbed scrub  10%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers  1%

Land ownership Private and communal.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 42%
forestry minor
hunting major
nature conservation and research 10%
Notes: Coverage of protected areas within the IBA.
tourism/recreation minor
urban/industrial/transport 1%
Notes: 0.1%
water management minor

Protection status Currently, two private nature reserves protect 10% of this IBA (CONAP 2007).

Acknowledgements Input of unpublished data and suggestions for the delimitation of the IBA was provided during a workshop in Cobán, in August 2006, by representatives of Consejo Nacional de Areas Protegidas (CONAP) - Las Verapaces, Asociación de Proyectos Evaluados Raxmu (PROEVAL RAXMU), Peace Corps, Cooperativa Sanimtaca, Cooperativa Samac, and Comité Central Menotita. This first assessment of IBAs in Guatemala was conducted by Sociedad Guatemalteca de Ornitología and BirdLife International in the Americas.


CONAP. 2007. Lista de áreas protegidas inscritas en el SIGAP. Consejo Nacional de Áreas Protegidas (CONAP), Guatemala. (Database accessed in June 2007)

Eisermann, K., N. Herrera & O. Komar. 2006. Highland Guan (Penelopina nigra). Pp. 90-95. In D. M. Brooks (Ed.) Conserving Cracids: the most threatened family of birds in the Americas. Miscellaneous Publications of the Houston Museum of Natural Science 6.

Maas, R. E. 2000. Diagnostico ambiental en tres municipios de Quiché(Cunén, Uspantán y Chicamán). Movimondo Molisv, Cooperazione Internazionale, Guatemala. (Unpublished report)

Tenez, D. 2006. Observaciones de aves en Cerro El Amay, Quiché. Pato-Poc 3: 18-25.

Valle, L., D. Tenés, E. Cano, A. López, J. Andrade, M. Acevedo, A. Gordillo, C. González, C. Monzón, R. Calderón & R. Roma. 2005. Estudio Técnico del Cerro "El Amay", Municipio de Chicamán, Quiché, Guatemala. Documento Técnico No. 26 (06-2005), CONAP, Guatemala.

Vanegas, A. 2001. Informe de validación y socialización preliminar sobre la Problemática Ambiental en las Microregiones del municipio de Chicaman, Cunen y Uspantan en el departamento del Quiché, Guatemala. Movimondo, Guatemala. (Unpublished report)

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