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Location Italy, Calabria
Central coordinates 16o 0.00' East  38o 7.00' North
IBA criteria B1iv, C5, C6
Area 3,149 ha
Altitude 106 - 1,955m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Lega Italiana Protezione Uccelli

Site description A mountain area, in the southern Apennines, which includes the central area of the Aspromonte complex and two valleys which reach down to the coast. Extensive broadleaved and coniferous woodlands are the dominant habitats. The main land-uses are forestry and cattle-rearing.

Key Biodiversity An important migratory `bottleneck' site for raptors. A few thousand are thought to pass regularly every spring, mostly Pernis apivorus, with many Milvus migrans and Circus aeruginosus as well, although there have been no systematic counts.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius resident  1987  2 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis breeding  1987  20-50 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Contrada Scala - IT9350180 Habitats Directive 740 protected area overlaps with site 320  
Montalto - IT9350155 Habitats Directive 312 protected area overlaps with site 125  
Parco nazionale dell'Aspromonte National Park 76,053 protected area overlaps with site 0  
Parco Nazionale della Calabria - IT9310069 Birds Directive 8,826 protected area contains site 3,149  
Torrente Ferraina - IT9350157 Habitats Directive 438 protected area contained by site 438  
Torrente Menta - IT9350154 Habitats Directive 516 protected area overlaps with site 121  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  75%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  15%
Grassland   5%
Artificial - terrestrial   5%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
nature conservation and research -

Protection status National Partial International PartialPart of IBA covered by National Park (Aspromonte, 50,000 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Aspromonte. Downloaded from on 27/12/2014

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