Atitlan is an important site for range-restricted birds of the North Central American Highlands and the North Central American Pacific Slope. The area supports populations of four globally threatened species: Highland and Horned Guan, Pink-headed Warbler and Azure-rumped Tanager. Coffee and corn plantations cover almost 40% of the Important Bird Area. Several of the local coffee plantations are strongly involved in forest conservation. About 50% of the Important Bird Area are legally protected.

Site description - Atitlan is located in the Guatemalan volcanic belt and includes Lake Atitlan, volcanoes San Pedro, Toliman, and Atitlan, as well as Cerro Tecpan and the conifer forests around Totonicapan. This Important Bird Area ranges in elevation from 500 to 3500 m.

vulture feeding...☞

Bird Watching

Atitlán Grebe (Podilymbus gigas), also known as Giant Grebe, Giant Pied-billed Grebe, or Poc. This species was endemic to Lake Atitlán, Guatemala, but is now Extinct. Its extinction occurred sometime between 1983 and 1986, caused by myriad alterations to its habitat.

Requiem for a Grebe