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Location Cape Verde
Central coordinates 24o 21.63' West  16o 37.92' North
IBA criteria A4i
Area 208,852 ha
Altitude
Year of IBA assessment 2012





Site description This Marine IBA is identified using seaward extensions around breeding colonies. It originates from the Cape Verde Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and falls within the Atlantic, Eastern Central FAO ocean region. The site covers an area of 2089 km2 and borders the coastline. The depth ranges from 0 to 3024 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 1.78 m/s, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 23.9 and 24.4 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.24 and 0.41 mg/m3.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Fea's Petrel Pterodroma feae breeding  90 individuals  A4i  Near Threatened 
Red-billed Tropicbird Phaethon aethereus breeding  75-120 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Sea   100%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Central mountain range of Ilha de São Nicolau - Marine. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/07/2014

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