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Location Chile, Región de Antofagasta
Central coordinates 70o 17.19' West  22o 53.34' South
IBA criteria A1
Area 4,858 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2010

Comité Nacional Pro Defensa de la Flora y Fauna (Affiliate)

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Peruvian Pelican Pelecanus thagus resident  2002  60 individuals  good  A1  Near Threatened 
Peruvian Tern Sternula lorata breeding  2006  10 individuals  good  A1  Endangered 

IBA Monitoring

2015 high favourable low
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Pollution industrial & military effluents - seepage from mining happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high

Marine Coastal/Supratidal   4858 4858 100 good (> 90%) favourable

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  low 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Marine Coastal/Supratidal   -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Playa Hornitos. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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