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Location Portugal, Alentejo
Central coordinates 8o 21.00' West  38o 28.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3, C1, C6
Area 63,766 ha
Altitude 25 - 282m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves

Site description This site has a wide diversity of good repair habitats and so there is a high specific riches of avifauna.Woodland of evergreen oak (Q.ilex, Q.suber) and some dam with water-fringe vegetation.

Key Biodiversity In the dam is possible to see very waterbirds that occur in Portugal, including: Podiceps cristatus, Ixobrychus minutus, Ardea purpurea and Ciconia nigra. Also there are a wide diversity of raptors.In the steppic habitats Tetrax tetrax occurs in reproductive season and Otis tarda in post-reproductive season (about 10 individuals). It is also an important area for the threatened Falco naumanni, due to registered observations of this species in reproductive season.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciata breeding  2001  1-3 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus breeding  2001  8-10 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax breeding  2002  100 individuals  unknown  A1, C1  Near Threatened 
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida breeding  2000  rare  C6  Least Concern 
Red-necked Nightjar Caprimulgus ruficollis breeding  2001  common  A3  Least Concern 
Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans breeding  2001  uncommon  A3  Least Concern 
Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica breeding  2001  uncommon  A3  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)
Forest Broadleaved evergreen woodland  -
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
fisheries/aquaculture -
hunting -

Protection status National:SIC CabrelaInternational:SIC Cabrela

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Cabrela. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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