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Location Portugal, Azores
Central coordinates 28o 19.00' West  38o 28.00' North
IBA criteria B3, C2, C6
Area 5,832 ha
Altitude 200 - 1,100m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves

Site description A IBA está localizada numa zona interior da Ilha do Pico, apresentando uma elevada diversidade de habitats, como floresta e matas, matos macaronésicos endémicos, Laurissilva dos Açores, turfeiras, charnecas alpinas e subalpinas.

Key Biodiversity One of the most important sites for the Azorean Wood Pigeon in all the archipelago. Also interesting for several endemic subspecies of passerines, e.g. the Chaffinch, the Goldcrest and the Blackcap.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Woodpigeon Columba palumbus resident  2002  common  C2, C6  Least Concern 
Island Canary Serinus canaria resident  2002  common  B3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Caveiro Partial Nature Reserve 0 unknown 0  
Lagoa do caiado Partial Nature Reserve 0 unknown 0  
Mistério da Prainha Partial Nature Reserve 0 unknown 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved evergreen woodland  -
Shrubland   -
Introduced vegetation   -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
tourism/recreation -
nature conservation and research -

Protection status National Partial Forestal Nature Reserve Mistério da Prainha; Partial Forestal Nature Reserve Lagoa do Caiado; Partial Forestal Nature Reserve Caveiro.International Special Protection Area Furnas e Zona Central do Pico; SCI Montanha do Pico, Prainha e Caveiro

References Rodrigues & Nunes(2002)

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Zona Central do Pico. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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