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Location Portugal, Madeiran Archipelago
Central coordinates 17o 15.00' West  32o 48.00' North
IBA criteria A2, A4ii, B1ii, B2, B3, C2, C6
Area 1,161 ha
Altitude 0 - 643m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves



Site description West tip of Madeira island. The Ponta do Pargo presents a large diversity of habitats that confers a great importance to birds. The coast is constituted by rocky steep cliffs and fajãs (areas of cliffs collapse). In the highest zone there are agricultural parcels and herbaceous vegetation interrupted by shrub fences. We can also find pine-woods, eucalyptus,grasslands and shrublands.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Band-rumped Storm-petrel Hydrobates castro resident  2000  300 breeding pairs  poor  A4ii, B1ii, B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus resident  2002  frequent  C2, C6  Least Concern 
Plain Swift Apus unicolor breeding  2002  common  A2, B3  Least Concern 
Berthelot's Pipit Anthus berthelotii resident  2002  common  A2, B3  Least Concern 
Island Canary Serinus canaria resident  2002  common  A2, B3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Laurisilva da Madeira - PTMAD0001 Birds Directive 13,355 protected area is adjacent to site 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Native coniferous woodland; Treeline ecotone  -
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  -
Sea Open Sea  -
Coastline Rock stacks and islets; Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -
Artificial - terrestrial Forestry plantations; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Urban parks and gardens  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -
other -

Protection status National none International none

References Bannerman & Bannerman (1963), Zino & Biscoito (1994), Câmara (1997), Oliveira (1999)

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ponta do Pargo. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/08/2014

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