The Bubali Wetlands is an Important Bird Area for Aruba under the Birdlife International protocol of important bird areas in the Caribbean. The area has been denominated as IBA AW001.
The IBA is located on the north-west coast on the western end of the island. The wetland is significant for the Near Threatened Caribbean Coot (Fulica caribaea). Up to 110 coots have been recorded and more than 30 pairs are known to breed in the area. The wetland is also a habitat range for other waterbirds including a roost of 400+ Neotropic Cormorants (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) and numerous migratory shorebirds. The White-tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus cayennensis) and Bare-eyed Pigeon* (Patagioenas corensis) are present in the shrublands highlighting the importance of the IBA.
The Bubali Wetlands is state owned and is a well-recognised nature reserve also known as “Bubali Pond Bird Sanctuary”. Protection exists through general awareness of the importance of the area’s wildlife.* This species of pigeon is Aruba’s only Northern South America biome-restricted species. Source: BirdLife International. (2008). Important Bird Areas in the Caribbean: Key sites for Conservation. Cambridge, UK: BirdLife International. (BirdLife Conservation Series No. 15).