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Location Guatemala, Alta Verapaz
Central coordinates 90o 4.22' West  15o 48.08' North
IBA criteria A3
Area 186,987 ha
Altitude 100 - 1,900m
Year of IBA assessment 2007





Summary Candelaria-Campur is an important site for biome-restricted birds of the Gulf Caribbean Slope. About 64% of the IBA is used for growing corn, coffee, and cardamom, and for cattle farming.

Site description Candelaria-Campur includes humid broadleaf forests in lowlands and foothills on the Guatemalan Atlantic slope, ranging in elevation from 100 to 1900 m.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Plain Chachalaca Ortalis vetula resident  2006  2,500-9,999 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Campylopterus curvipennis resident  2006  1,000-2,499 individuals  poor  A3  Not Recognised 
White-collared Manakin Manacus candei resident  2006  1,000-2,499 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Lovely Cotinga Cotinga amabilis resident  2007  < 50 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-bellied Tyrannulet Ornithion semiflavum resident  2006  2,500-9,999 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Couch's Kingbird Tyrannus couchii resident  2007  50-249 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Northern Nightingale-wren Microcerculus philomela resident  2006  1,000-2,499 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Montezuma Oropendola Psarocolius montezuma resident  2006  1,000-2,499 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Black-cowled Oriole Icterus prosthemelas resident  2006  1,000-2,499 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Black-throated Shrike-tanager Lanio aurantius resident  2006  2,500-9,999 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Crimson-collared Tanager Ramphocelus sanguinolentus resident  2006  10,000-19,999 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Scarlet-rumped Tanager Ramphocelus passerinii resident  2006  2,500-9,999 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Olive-backed Euphonia Euphonia gouldi resident  2007  1,000-2,499 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Sierra Chinajá Area de Protecci 12,678 protected area contained by site 12,678  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial Abandoned & fallow farmland, disturbed ground; Arable land; Forestry & agro-industrial plantations; Improved pasture land; Other urban & industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards & groves; Urban parks & gardens  22%
Forest Montane broadleaf evergreen; Pine-oak; Tropical lowland evergreen  32%
Grassland Low, seasonally wet  1%
Shrubland Second-growth & disturbed scrub  45%
Wetlands (inland) Freshwater lakes & pools; Streams  1%

Land ownership The land privately and communal owned.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 64%
energy production and mining 1%
Notes: 0.01%
forestry minor
not utilised minor
rangeland/pastureland 2%
urban/industrial/transport 1%
Notes: 0.2%
water management minor
hunting major

Protection status No part of this IBA has a status of legal protection (CONAP 2007).

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 

APROBA SANK. 2006. Informe Final de la Consultoría: Caracterización Ecológica de la Sierra de Chinajá, Chisec, Alta Verapaz. APROBA SANK, Chisec. (Unpublished report)

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

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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