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Location Spain, Islas Canarias
Central coordinates 14o 10.00' West  28o 23.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, B2, B3, C1, C6
Area 700 ha
Altitude 0 - 292m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description The gully of Ajuí is located in the west of Fuerteventura, and holds running water, scrub, grassland, agricultural land and small copses of Tamarix. Betancuria is a mountainous area, semi-desertic with sparse vegetation. Human activities include goat-grazing.

Key Biodiversity The site is one of the most important sites on the island for breeding Saxicola dacotiae, raptors and steppic species, and is also important as a stop-over site for migrating passerines.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Barbary Partridge Alectoris barbara resident  1995  10 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus resident  1994  1-2 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Endangered 
Burhinus oedicnemus resident  1995  6 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Not Recognised 
Plain Swift Apus unicolor resident  1995  common  A2, B3  Least Concern 
Fuerteventura Stonechat Saxicola dacotiae resident  1995  10 breeding pairs  poor  A1, A2, B2, C1, C6  Near Threatened 
Berthelot's Pipit Anthus berthelotii resident  1995  common  A2  Least Concern 
Trumpeter Finch Bucanetes githagineus resident  1995  common  B2, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Betancuria Rural Park 16,544 protected area contains site 700  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland   -
Desert Semidesert  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Ruderal land  26%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 26%
tourism/recreation 26%
water management -

Protection status National High International High700 ha of IBA covered by Rural Park (Betancuria, 16,544 ha). 700 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Betancuria, 15,538 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Gully of Ajuí-Betancuria. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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