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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  min 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)  
Parco nazionale dell'Aspromonte National Park 76,053 protected area overlaps with site 0  


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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Aspromonte. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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