Lake Strachina

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2007 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
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus LC passage 1990-2006 100-120 individuals C2
Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis VU passage 1990-2006 600-700 individuals C1, C6
Greylag Goose Anser anser LC passage 1990-2006 2,000 individuals C3
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons LC winter 1990-2006 6,000-8,400 individuals C3
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus VU passage 1990-2006 2-20 individuals C6
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca NT breeding 1990-2006 35-50 breeding pairs C1
Spotted Crake Porzana porzana LC breeding 1990-2006 20-30 breeding pairs C6
Little Crake Zapornia parva LC breeding 1990-2006 24-30 breeding pairs C6
Common Crane Grus grus LC passage 1990-2006 60 individuals C6
White Stork Ciconia ciconia LC passage 1990-2006 3,000-7,000 individuals C2
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus LC passage 1990-2006 120 individuals C2
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus LC winter 1990-2006 150-400 individuals C2
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa NT passage 1990-2006 400-600 individuals C1
Moustached Warbler Acrocephalus melanopogon LC breeding 1990-2006 90-110 breeding pairs C6
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a passage 1990-2006 25,000-28,000 individuals C4

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2007).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Lacul Strachina Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 2,016 protected area overlaps with site 1,065


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water, Water fringe vegetation -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
not utilised -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Lake Strachina. Downloaded from on 28/02/2024.