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Location Spain, Islas Canarias
Central coordinates 17o 55.00' West  27o 47.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 870 ha
Altitude 650 - 1,100m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A mountainous area surrounded by plains, situated in the north-east of El Hierro. Scrub, heath and grassland are interspersed with small woods of Pinus canariensis and introduced P. radiata and Eucalyptus. Human activities include stock-farming.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for endemic subspecies of various passerines and holds the most significant Corvus corax population in the Canaries.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eurasian Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs resident  1996  present  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Ventejis Protected Landscape 1,143 protected area overlaps with site 750  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved evergreen woodland; Native coniferous woodland  -
Shrubland Heathland; Scrub  26%
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  26%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Ruderal land  -

Land use

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

Protection status National Partial International Partial750 ha of IBA covered by Protected Landscape (Ventijís, 1,143 ha). 750 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Garoe, 927 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Ventejís mountain. Downloaded from on 01/12/2015

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