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Location Spain, Islas Canarias
Central coordinates 13o 50.00' West  28o 24.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, B2, B3, C1, C2, C6
Area 7,500 ha
Altitude 0 - 416m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description The site comprises a mountainous area with rocky plains, and includes a gully with running water, and saltpans and sea cliffs at the coast. Scrub, drought-resistant grassland and crops all occur. Human activities include cattle-grazing.

Key Biodiversity An important area for raptors, El Cuchillete de Buenavista holds the largest number of breeding Neophron percnopterus in the Canaries. It is also the most important area on Fuerteventura for Pterocles orientalis. The coast and saltpans support wintering and migrating waders.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus resident  1988  50 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus resident  1988  frequent  B2, C6  Endangered 
Chlamydotis undulata resident  1995  124 breeding pairs  good  B2, C2, C6  Not Recognised 
Burhinus oedicnemus resident  1988  10 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Cursorius cursor resident  1994  10-15 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C2, C6  Not Recognised 
Black-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles orientalis resident  1994  40 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Plain Swift Apus unicolor resident  1995  frequent  A2, B3  Least Concern 
Fuerteventura Stonechat Saxicola dacotiae resident  1995  common  A1, A2, B2, C1, C6  Near Threatened 
Berthelot's Pipit Anthus berthelotii resident  1996  abundant  A2, B3  Least Concern 
Trumpeter Finch Bucanetes githagineus resident  1995  common  B2, C6  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland   -
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  26%
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%
fisheries/aquaculture -
hunting 26%
tourism/recreation -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Cuchillete de Buenavista-gully of La Torre-Los Alares. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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