Lagunas de Ecuasal-Salinas

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2021 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps LC winter 2013 1,143 individuals B3a
Chilean Flamingo Phoenicopterus chilensis NT winter 2020 881 individuals B1a
Snowy Plover Charadrius nivosus NT resident 2011 113 B1a, B3a
Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla NT winter 2020 2,089 individuals B1a
Wilson's Phalarope Steganopus tricolor LC winter 2014 44,309 individuals A4, B3a
Peruvian Tern Sternula lorata EN winter 2020 2 individuals A1
Elegant Tern Thalasseus elegans NT winter 2017 635 individuals B1a
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a - 2011-2020 50,067 individuals B3b

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2021).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Puntilla De Santa Elena Reserva de Producción de Fauna 52,435 protected area is adjacent to site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Arid lowland scrub -
Artificial/Terrestrial Abandoned or fallow farmland, disturbed ground -
Artificial/Aquatic & Marine Salt pans & salinas -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation -
fisheries/aquaculture -
urban/industrial/transport -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Lagunas de Ecuasal-Salinas. Downloaded from on 06/12/2023.