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Location Guatemala, Alta Verapaz
Central coordinates 90o 31.44' West  15o 28.56' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 71,429 ha
Altitude 300 - 2,200m
Year of IBA assessment 2007





Summary Sacranix is an important site for range-restricted birds of the North Central American Highlands, including the threatened Highland Guan. The site still provides continuous forest cover from 2200 m to 400 m elevation. Although less than 1% of the IBA is legally protected, larger tracts of the forest are considered protected at least on the mid term (10 years) by providing alternative income and forest easements to local farmers. About the half of the IBA is used for growing corn, coffee, and cardamom.

Site description Sacranix is located in the Atlantic slope mountain range of Guatemala. Bordered by the rivers Chixoy, Cahabon, and Sachichaj, this IBA includes large fragments of forest extending from cloud forest at 2200 m elevation to rainforest at 300 m.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Highland Guan Penelopina nigra resident  2006  1,000-2,499 individuals  poor  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Plain Chachalaca Ortalis vetula resident  2006  1,000-2,499 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
White-faced Quail-dove Zentrygon albifacies resident  2001  250-999 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Emerald-chinned Hummingbird Abeillia abeillei resident  2001  250-999 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
White-eared Hummingbird Basilinna leucotis resident  2001  2,500-9,999 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Amethyst-throated Hummingbird Lampornis amethystinus resident  2001  2,500-9,999 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Green-throated Mountain-gem Lampornis viridipallens resident  2001  50,000-99,999 individuals  poor  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Garnet-throated Hummingbird Lamprolaima rhami resident  2001  2,500-9,999 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Sparkling-tailed Woodstar Tilmatura dupontii resident  2001  50-249 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Wine-throated Hummingbird Atthis ellioti resident  2001  250-999 individuals  poor  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Mountain Trogon Trogon mexicanus resident  2001  250-999 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-throated Motmot Aspatha gularis resident  2001  50-249 individuals  poor  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-colored Woodpecker Celeus castaneus resident  2001  1,000-2,499 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
White-collared Manakin Manacus candei resident  2001  1,000-2,499 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Lovely Cotinga Cotinga amabilis resident  2001  < 50 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-bellied Tyrannulet Ornithion semiflavum resident  2001  1,000-2,499 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Couch's Kingbird Tyrannus couchii resident  2001  50-249 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Tawny-winged Woodcreeper Dendrocincla anabatina resident  2001  2,500-9,999 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Black-throated Jay Cyanolyca pumilo resident  2001  250-999 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Bushy-crested Jay Cyanocorax melanocyaneus resident  2001  2,500-9,999 individuals  poor  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Grey Silky-flycatcher Ptilogonys cinereus resident  2001  250-999 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Black-capped Swallow Notiochelidon pileata resident  2001  250-999 individuals  poor  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-browed Wren Troglodytes rufociliatus resident  2001  2,500-9,999 individuals  poor  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Northern Nightingale-wren Microcerculus philomela resident  2001  1,000-2,499 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-and-white Mockingbird Melanotis hypoleucus resident  2001  250-999 individuals  poor  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Brown-backed Solitaire Myadestes occidentalis resident  2001  1,000-2,499 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Slate-coloured Solitaire Myadestes unicolor resident  2001  100,000-499,999 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Black Thrush Turdus infuscatus resident  2001  2,500-9,999 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-collared Robin Turdus rufitorques resident  2001  250-999 individuals  poor  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Olive Warbler Peucedramus taeniatus resident  2001  50-249 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Hooded Grosbeak Coccothraustes abeillei resident  2001  250-999 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Golden-browed Warbler Basileuterus belli resident  2001  10,000-19,999 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Montezuma Oropendola Psarocolius montezuma resident  2001  250-999 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Black-cowled Oriole Icterus prosthemelas resident  2001  1,000-2,499 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Green-backed Sparrow Arremonops chloronotus resident  2001  1,000-2,499 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Black-throated Shrike-tanager Lanio aurantius resident  2001  250-999 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Crimson-collared Tanager Ramphocelus sanguinolentus resident  2001  1,000-2,499 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Scarlet-rumped Tanager Ramphocelus passerinii resident  2001  1,000-2,499 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Cinnamon-bellied Flowerpiercer Diglossa baritula resident  2001  2,500-9,999 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Olive-backed Euphonia Euphonia gouldi resident  2001  1,000-2,499 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-crowned Chlorophonia Chlorophonia occipitalis resident  2001  2,500-9,999 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Cataljí o Sacataljí Private Nature Reserve 180 protected area contained by site 0  
Las Victorias National Park 82 protected area contained by site 0  

Local conservation groups The local conservation group below is working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
PROEVAL RAXMU 2001

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial Abandoned & fallow farmland, disturbed ground; Other urban & industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards & groves  29%
Forest Montane broadleaf evergreen; Pine; Tropical lowland evergreen  45%
Shrubland Second-growth & disturbed scrub  25%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers  1%

Land ownership The land is privately and communal owned.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 54%
fisheries/aquaculture minor
forestry minor
hunting major
nature conservation and research 50%
tourism/recreation minor
water management minor

Protection status Less than 1% of this IBA are legally protected (CONAP 2007). Several private landowners receive forest easement and are committed to a 5-years forest conservation.

Acknowledgements PROEVAL RAXMU Bird Monitoring Program provided unpublished ornithological data. 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.

References 

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

Eisermann, K. 2000. Evaluación rápida de la diversidad de aves en la Sierra Pampacché, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. Unpublished report to BIDAS/Proyecto Eco-Quetzal, Cobán.

Eisermann, K. 2001. Reporte de avance: investigaciones de la avifauna de las regiones Ik'bolay, Guaxac y Sacranix, Alta Verapaz. Unpublished report to BIDAS/Proyecto Eco-Quetzal, Cobán.

Eisermann, K. 2005. Noteworthy bird observations in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club 125: 3-11.

MAGA. 2006. Mapa de cobertura vegetal y uso de la tierra a escala 1:50,000 de la República de Guatemala, Año 2003 (Incluye 5 cultivos perennes actualizados al año 2005). Memoria técnica y descripción de resultados. Ministerio de Agricultura Ganadería y Alimentación –MAGA– / Unidad de Planificación Geográfica y Gestión de Riesgo –UPGGR–, Guatemala Ciudad, Guatemala.

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