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Lago de Cuitzeo

Site Facts

Country, State, Province/Region:

Michoacán, Mexico

Relative Location:

Between the states of Michoacán and Guanajuato, in the Central Flyway.


19° 52´ 20´´ to 20° 02´ 11´´ N and 100° 39´ 11´´ to 100° 59´ 10´´ W



Basis for Designation:

More than 20,000 shorebirds annually and 1.5% of the total population of Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)


44,000 hectares (108,723 acres)


Feb 2010

Site Owner/Steward:

Ejidos Epifanio C. Pérez of Cuitzeo and Las Trojes del Municipio of Álvaro Obregón, both in the state of Michoacán

Site Partners:


Human Population within 100 km:



Gustavo Alberto Elton Benhumea
Director of the Western and Central Pacific Region
National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP)

About Us

The 44,000-hectare (109,000-acre) Lago de Cuitzeo is located in central Mexico, mostly in the State of Michoacán but also in the adjacent State of Guanajuato. The Mexican Network of Rural Forestry Organizations (Red MOCAF in Spanish) nominated the site with the support of the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas (CONANP, by its Spanish acronym), which owns and manages this federally protected lake. Lago de Cuitzeo supports 21,500 shorebirds representing 20 species, including 1.5% of the world population of Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus), qualifying it as a Site of Regional Importance. Other species recorded in high numbers at the lake include American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana), Wilson’s Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor), and Snowy Plover (Charadrius alexandrines).

Ecology & Conservation


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