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Location Portugal, Azores
Central coordinates 28o 3.00' West  39o 5.00' North
IBA criteria B1ii, B2, C2, C6
Area 39 ha
Altitude 0 - 61m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves

Site description This coastal IBA includes the area between the coastline and cobble beaches and the top of the seacliffs. The cliffs are often covered by macaronesean woodland. The site includes the small islet Ilhéu da Baleia, and the lighthouse of Ponta da Barca is located in the top of the cliffs.

Key Biodiversity Important for breeding petrels. Both 'cold-period' and 'hot-period' Madeiran Storm Petrels breed in this site.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Calonectris diomedea breeding  2001  2,745 breeding pairs  medium  B1ii, B2, C2  Not Recognised 
Puffinus assimilis breeding  1997  20-40 breeding pairs  medium  B1ii, B2, C2  Not Recognised 
Hydrobates castro breeding  1997  70-130 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Not Recognised 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Rock stacks and islets; Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation -

Protection status National noneInternational none

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Ilhéu da Baleia e Ponta da Barca. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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