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Location Portugal, Azores
Central coordinates 27o 57.00' West  39o 3.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4ii, B1i, B1ii, B2, C2, C6
Area 11 ha
Altitude 0 - 57m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves

Site description Ilhéu da Praia is a rocky islet with high seacliffs on its northern side and a gravel beach on its southern shore. In the top of the islet a plateau with short grasses covers most of the area.

Key Biodiversity Important for breeding seabirds, especially for the Madeiran Storm Petrels, for which both 'cold' and 'hot' populations exist. Only record of breeding attempt of Red-billed Tropicbird and obly place where two Petrels of the genus Pterodroma were listened and captured.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Puffinus assimilis breeding  1997  50 breeding pairs  medium  B1ii, B2, C2  Not Recognised 
Bulwer's Petrel Bulweria bulwerii breeding  1997  1-10 breeding pairs  poor  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Hydrobates castro breeding  1997  400-500 breeding pairs  medium  A4ii, B1ii, B2, C2, C6  Not Recognised 
Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii breeding  2000  31 breeding pairs  good  C2, C6  Least Concern 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  2000  951 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i, B2, C2  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved evergreen woodland  -
Shrubland   -
Coastline Rock stacks and islets; Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -
Introduced vegetation   -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -
not utilised -
tourism/recreation -

Protection status National noneInternational Special Protection Area Ilhéu da Praia.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Ilhéu da Praia. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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