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Location Portugal, Alentejo
Central coordinates 7o 30.00' West  39o 4.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, B3, C1, C6
Area 1,593 ha
Altitude 250 - 350m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves

Site description Open country with cultivation and grassland, alternating with open woodland of evergreen oak Quercus ilex and olive-groves. Fallow fields are grazed by sheep.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus resident  1996  6 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1996  common  B3  Least Concern 
Great Bustard Otis tarda resident  2002  16-32 breeding pairs  good  A1, C1  Vulnerable 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax resident  1996  80-100 breeding pairs  good  A1, C1  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Monforte - PTZPE0051 Birds Directive 1,886 protected area contains site 1,593  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved evergreen woodland  10%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  90%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 90%
forestry 10%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Monforte plains. Downloaded from on 31/10/2014

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