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Location Spain, Islas Canarias
Central coordinates 17o 52.00' West  28o 43.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, B3, C1, C6
Area 4,690 ha
Altitude 400 - 2,426m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A mountainous area situated in the middle of La Palma, with deep gullies supporting Pinus canariensis and mixed Pinus and Laurus woodland. High mountain vegetation, streams and springs are also found within the site.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-tailed Laurel-pigeon Columba junoniae resident  1994  frequent  A1, B2, C1  Near Threatened 
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax resident  1996  common  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Island Canary Serinus canaria resident  1996  abundant  B3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Barlovento, Garaf Habitats Directive 5,562 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Barranco de las Angustias - ES7020021 Habitats Directive 1,699 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Caldera de Taburiente - ES0000043 Birds Directive 4,355 protected area contained by site 4,355  
Cumbres y acantilados del norte de La Palma - ES0000114 Birds Directive 22,701 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
El Paso y Santa Cruz de La Palma - ES7020085 Habitats Directive 1,390 protected area overlaps with site 148  
La Caldera de Taburiente National Park 4,690 protected area overlaps with site 4,690  
Las Nieves - ES7020010 Habitats Directive 5,115 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Santa Cruz de La Palma - ES7020086 Habitats Directive 216 protected area is adjacent to site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved evergreen woodland; Native coniferous woodland  26%
Shrubland Scrub  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  -
Caves and subterranean habitats (non-aquatic) Caves  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 26%
tourism/recreation -

Protection status National High International High4,690 ha of IBA covered by National Park (La Caldera de Taburiente, 4,690 ha). 4,690 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (La Caldera de Taburiente, 4,690 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: La Caldera de Taburiente National Park. Downloaded from on 23/10/2014

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