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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

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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.

Key Biodiversity The site is the most important area in the Canary Islands for breeding Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax, and is also important for forest passerines.

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 

IBA Monitoring

2008 very high not assessed high
  unset
Poor - based on little, or potentially unreliable/unrepresentative, data

Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Geological events avalanches/landslides likely in short term (within 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - named species happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species fishing & harvesting aquatic resources - unintentional effects: large scale happening now whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration very high
Residential and commercial development tourism and recreation areas happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Transportation and service corridors roads and railroads happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

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)  
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  

Habitats

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 http://www.birdlife.org on 29/12/2014

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