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Location Italy, Toscana
Central coordinates 11o 19.00' East  42o 24.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, C1, C2, C4, C6
Area 25,819 ha
Altitude 0 - 450m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Lega Italiana Protezione Uccelli

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus winter  1994  616-773 individuals  good  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Great White Egret Ardea alba winter  1995  203 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Egretta garzetta breeding  1995  216 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta winter  1995  40-87 individuals  good  B2  Least Concern 
Slender-billed Curlew Numenius tenuirostris passage  1995  3 individuals  good  A1, C1  Critically Endangered 
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis winter  1995  57-96 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
Spectacled Warbler Sylvia conspicillata resident  1990  10 breeding pairs  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala resident  1990  1,000 breeding pairs  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans breeding  1990  500 breeding pairs  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Marmora's Warbler Sylvia sarda resident  1990  20 breeding pairs  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica breeding  1990  10 breeding pairs  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala breeding  1990  5 breeding pairs  good  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Lago di Burano Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 410 protected area contained by site 410  
Laguna di Orbetello Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 887 protected area contained by site 887  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland)   major
Forest   -
Coastline   -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
nature conservation and research -
forestry -
tourism/recreation -
hunting -
water management -
urban/industrial/transport -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Argentario, Orbetello Lagoon and Burano Lake. Downloaded from on 29/11/2015

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