Laguna Madre

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2021

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Northern Bobwhite Colinus virginianus NT resident 2015 37 individuals B1a
Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja LC resident 2011 1,900 individuals A4, B3a
Reddish Egret Egretta rufescens NT breeding 2011 1,400 individuals A4, B1a, B3a
Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis LC breeding 2011 4,000 individuals A4, B3a
American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos LC - 2019 2,000 individuals A4, B3a
Black Skimmer Rynchops niger LC breeding 2011 1,600 individuals B3a
Least Tern Sternula antillarum LC breeding 2011 700 individuals A4, B3a
Elegant Tern Thalasseus elegans NT breeding 2011 9,000 individuals A4, B1a, B3a
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a - 2011-2019 20,600 individuals B3b

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Laguna Madre y Delta del Río Bravo Área de Protección de Flora y Fauna 572,809 protected area overlaps with site 0
Laguna Madre y Delta del Río Bravo UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 572,808 protected area overlaps with site 0
Laguna Madre Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 307,894 protected area contained by site 307,894


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Scrub -
Wetlands (inland) Water-fringe vegetation, Freshwater lakes & pools -
Forest Mangrove -
Coastline Sand dunes & beaches -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised -
agriculture -
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Land ownership
Tenencia de la tierra: Ejidal, privada y estatal.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Laguna Madre. Downloaded from on 29/06/2022.