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Location Portugal, Alentejo,Centro
Central coordinates 7o 44.00' West  39o 42.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 4,215 ha
Altitude 150 - 618m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves

Site description Mountains with quartziferous scarps of great dimensions located between the towns of Castelo Branco and Portalegre. Mountains are crossed by River Tejo and River Ocreza with high steep valleys. Pine-woods non native and some mediterranean shrubland. It is also important the existence of a great amount of Junniperus.

Key Biodiversity This site holds the greatest colony of Gyps fulvus in Portugal and other cliff-nesting species like ciconia nigra and Hieraatus fasciatus.Also it is possible to found Oenanthe leucura.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  2001  4-5 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  2001  1 breeding pairs  good  C6  Endangered 
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus resident  2001  53-55 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciata resident  2001  1 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus breeding  2001  3-5 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus breeding  2001  3-5 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo resident  2001  3-6 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Black Wheatear Oenanthe leucura resident  2001  uncommon  C6  Least Concern 
Blue Rock-thrush Monticola solitarius resident  2001  15-30 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2005 low not assessed not assessed
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Transportation and service corridors utility & service lines happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) very rapid to severe deterioration low


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Scrub  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry -
tourism/recreation -
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
other -

Protection status National:noneInternational:none

References Rosa et al.(1999,2001a,2001b)

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Portas de Ródão e Vale Mourão. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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