The site was identified as important in 2008 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|
|European Roller Coracias garrulus||LC||breeding||2009||5-15 breeding pairs||A1|
|Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus||LC||breeding||2006||10-20 breeding pairs||B2|
The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2008).
|Habitat (IUCN level 1)||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial/Terrestrial||Arable land, Other urban and industrial areas||-|
|Forest||Broadleaved deciduous woodland||-|
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Lake Mantovo and river Lakavica. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/lake-mantovo-and-river-lakavica-iba-north-macedonia on 02/10/2023.