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Location Spain, Islas Canarias
Central coordinates 16o 49.00' West  28o 20.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, B2, B3, C1, C6
Area 800 ha
Altitude 250 - 1,200m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description One of the best-conserved laurel Laurus forests in Tenerife. Formerly cultivated areas have been invaded by scrub, and vertical cliffs support characteristic vegetation. Human activities include the cutting of branches for use in tomato/banana cultivation.

Key Biodiversity This site holds the most significant numbers of Columba junoniae on Tenerife, and the main Puffinus puffinus breeding colony on the island. It is also important for other endemic birds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Barbary Partridge Alectoris barbara resident  1996  common  B2  Least Concern 
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus resident  1995  5-7 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Dark-tailed Laurel-pigeon Columba bollii resident  1996  abundant  A1, A2, B2, C1, C6  Least Concern 
White-tailed Laurel-pigeon Columba junoniae resident  1996  frequent  A1, A2, B2, C1, C6  Near Threatened 
Plain Swift Apus unicolor resident  1996  abundant  A2, B3  Least Concern 
Regulus teneriffae resident  1995  abundant  A2, B3  Not Recognised 
Berthelot's Pipit Anthus berthelotii resident  1996  common  A2  Least Concern 
Island Canary Serinus canaria resident  1996  abundant  A2, B3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2008 medium favourable high
Poor - based on little, or potentially unreliable/unrepresentative, data

Invasive & other problematic species, genes & diseases invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - unspecified species happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Accipiter nisus Eurasian Sparrowhawk 7 7 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  high 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Teno Rural Park 8,064 protected area contains site 800  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved evergreen woodland  26%
Shrubland Heathland; Scrub  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  -

Land use

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

Protection status National High International High800 ha of IBA covered by Rural Park (Teno, 8,064 ha). 800 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Teno, 7,645 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Mountain of Agua, gully of Los Cochinos and gully of Cuevas Negras. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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