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Location Spain, Castilla-La Mancha
Central coordinates 2o 45.00' West  39o 25.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2, C1, C2, C3, C6
Area 41,500 ha
Altitude 680 - 720m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A group of lakes surrounded by arable land.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for breeding and wintering ducks.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata winter  1997  4,229 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina winter  1997  253 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala winter  1997  8-32 individuals  good  A1, B1i, C1, C2  Endangered 
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala resident  1995  17 breeding pairs  good  A1, B1i, B2, C1, C2, C6  Endangered 
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus breeding  1992  5 breeding pairs  poor  C6  Least Concern 
Himantopus himantopus breeding  1996  134 breeding pairs  good  B1i, C2, C6  Not Recognised 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta breeding  1996  62 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Sterna nilotica breeding  1996  190-260 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C6  Not Recognised 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Laguna de la Vega (o del Pueblo) Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 34 protected area contained by site 34  
Laguna de Manjavacas Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 231 protected area contained by site 231  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater  10%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land  90%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 100%

Protection status National None International Low231 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Laguna de Manjavacas, 231 ha). 34 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Laguna de la Vega (o del Pueblo), 34 ha). 1,565 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Humedales de la Mancha, 11,520 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Pedro Muñoz-Manjavacas endorreic lagoons. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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