Laguna Caratasca

IBA Justification

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
Wood Stork Mycteria americana LC unknown - 250-999 individuals A4i
Bare-throated Tiger-heron Tigrisoma mexicanum LC unknown - 500 individuals A4i
Boat-billed Heron Cochlearius cochlearius LC unknown - 8,000 individuals A4i
Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor LC non-breeding - 1,100 individuals A4i
Common Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica LC unknown - 500 individuals A4i

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2008).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Laguna de Caratasca Wildlife Refuge 133,467 is identical to site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Marine Intertidal -
Forest Tropical semi-evergreen, Mangrove -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Laguna Caratasca. Downloaded from on 28/09/2023.