Sites - Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)
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7o 21.00' West 38o 54.00' North
A1, B2, C1, C6
300 - 470m
Year of IBA assessment
Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves
Site description Steppic agricultural land of wheat-fields and dry pasture, with scattered evergreen oak Quercus woodland. Land-uses include cultivation and livestock-grazing. There is scattered human habitation. This site has two different areas, area of Vila Fernando and area of veiros, that are separated 10 km In the previous international IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989), this site was called Elvas Plains (former site PT028).
Key Biodiversity Important for breeding birds of steppic habitats, specially for population of Otis tarda that uses the two areas, Vila Fernando and Veiros. Significant proportion (1%) of national population breeding at site: Circus pygargus (8-10 pairs).