The Antigua Guatemala Important Bird Area has been designated by BirdLife International as one of 21 terrestrial Important Bird Areas in Guatemala in 2009, based on a consultancy by Knut Eisermann and Claudia Avendaño. BirdLife International has been designating Important Bird Areas (IBA) worldwide. The IBA initiative is an standardized certification of areas supporting populations of globally threatened bird species, more than 33% of the regional endemic bird species and more than 33% of the biome-restricted species, as well as significant congregations of birds (Devenish et al. 2009).
The Antigua Guatemala Important Bird Area (IBA GT016) has been designated based on populations of globally threatened species (Highland Guan, Pink-headed Warbler, Golden-cheeked Warbler, Azure-rumped Tanager), based on the presence of most of the endemics of the Endemic Bird Area EBA 018 (North Central American highlands), and of more than 33% of the bird species biome-restricted to the Sierra Madre mountain range (Mexico and northern Central America) (Eisermann & Avendaño 2009a,b).
- Devenish, C., Diaz Fernández, D. F. , Clay, R. P., Davidson, I. & Zabala, I. Y. (eds.) (2009) Important Bird Areas Americas, priority sites for biodiversity conservation. BirdLife Conservation Series 16. Birdlife International, Quito, Ecuador.
- Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2009a) Guatemala. Pp. 235-242 In: C. Devenish, D. F. Diaz Fernández, R. P. Clay, I. Davidson & I. Y. Zabala (eds.) Important Bird Areas Americas, priority sites for biodiversity conservation. BirdLife Conservation Series 16. Birdlife International, Quito, Ecuador.
- Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2009b) Conservation priority-setting in Guatemala through the identification of Important Bird Areas. Proceedings of the Fourth International Partners in Flight Conference, Tundra to Tropics: 315-327.
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