Rocha Lagoon

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2008

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Coscoroba Swan Coscoroba coscoroba LC resident 1986-1991 250 individuals A4i
Black-necked Swan Cygnus melancoryphus LC resident 1986-1996 3,700-10,000 individuals A4i
Chilean Flamingo Phoenicopterus chilensis NT non-breeding 1994 50-249 individuals A1
Buff-breasted Sandpiper Calidris subruficollis NT winter 2007 2,500-9,999 individuals A1, A4i
Straight-billed Reedhaunter Limnoctites rectirostris NT resident 2006-2007 90 individuals A1, A2
Black-and-white Monjita Xolmis dominicanus VU resident 2006-2008 90 individuals A1
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a unknown - 20,000-49,999 individuals A4iii

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

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Lagunas de José Ignacio, Garzón y Rocha Area de Uso Múltiple 15,250 protected area overlaps with site 0
Laguna de Rocha Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 10,933 protected area contained by site 10,933
Lacustre National Park 15,250 protected area overlaps with site 0
Humedales del Este Other Area 260,000 protected area contains site 16,450
Bañados del Este UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 200,000 protected area contains site 16,450

Local conservation groups

The local conservation groups below are working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Sociedad de Amigos de la Laguna de Rocha 2003
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IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Campo grassland -
Wetlands (inland) Salt/brackish marshes, Coastal lagoons -
Coastline Sand dunes & beaches -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
rangeland/pastureland -
tourism/recreation -
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Land ownership

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Rocha Lagoon. Downloaded from on 16/02/2020.