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Location Portugal, Azores
Central coordinates 28o 3.00' West  39o 2.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4ii, B1i, B1ii, B2, C2, C6
Area 95 ha
Altitude 0 - 250m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves

Site description Coastal IBA of dificult access, of seacliffs covered by macaronesean woodland and gravel beaches.

Key Biodiversity Important for breeding seabirds, especially for the Roseate Tern.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Calonectris diomedea breeding  2001  7,881 breeding pairs  medium  A4ii, B1ii, B2, C2  Not Recognised 
Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii breeding  2000  113 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i, B2, C2  Least Concern 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  2000  300 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
tourism/recreation -
not utilised -

Protection status National noneInternational SCI Ponta Branca

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Serra Branca. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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