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Location Spain, Islas Canarias
Central coordinates 13o 55.00' West  28o 18.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, C1, C2, C6
Area 8,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 460m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A mountainous coastal area in the south-east of Fuerteventura, with dispersed scrub vegetation. Human activities include livestock-grazing.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for breeding raptors and for Calonectris diomedea.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Calonectris diomedea breeding  1987  300 breeding pairs  poor  B2, C2  Not Recognised 
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus resident  1988  10 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Endangered 
Cream-coloured Courser Cursorius cursor resident  1995  common  B2  Least Concern 
Fuerteventura Stonechat Saxicola dacotiae resident  1995  common  A1, B2, C1, C6  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Cuchillos de Vigan Natural Monument 6,090 protected area overlaps with site 5,800  
Llanos y cuchillos de Antigua - ES0000310 Birds Directive 9,913 protected area overlaps with site 2,288  
Playa de Sotavento de Jand Habitats Directive 5,461 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Pozo Negro - ES0000096 Habitats Directive 9,096 protected area overlaps with site 4,830  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -
Shrubland   -
Desert Semidesert  26%
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
tourism/recreation 26%
agriculture 26%

Protection status National Partial International Partial5,800 ha of IBA covered by Natural Monument (Cuchillos de Vigan, 6,090 ha). 4,000 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Pozo Negro, 9,237 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Pozo Negro mountain-Vigán. Downloaded from on 30/03/2015

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