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Location Portugal, Centro
Central coordinates 8o 41.00' West  40o 11.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, C6
Area 233 ha
Altitude 3 - 25m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves

Site description A small, densely vegetated freshwater marsh located in the lower Mondego valley, west of the town of Coimbra in central Portugal. An important part of a network of small wetlands in the Mondego valley, which includes two other IBAs: Paul de Arzila (010) and Paul de Madriz (011).

Key Biodiversity The site supports a wide variety of breeding waterbirds, and is nationally important for wintering duck, as well as holding large numbers of migrating passerines during the autumn migration.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White Stork Ciconia ciconia breeding  2001  6-10 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia passage  2001  4-10 individuals  good  C6  Least Concern 
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  2001  10 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis resident  1999  1,500-6,000 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea breeding  2001  5-6 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Egretta garzetta resident  1996  100-120 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus resident  1996  2-5 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Milvus migrans breeding  1996  common  C6  Not Recognised 
Himantopus himantopus breeding  1996  common  C6  Not Recognised 
Bluethroat Luscinia svecica winter  1996  frequent  C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2005 low not assessed not assessed
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Transportation and service corridors utility & service lines happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) very rapid to severe deterioration low

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Paúl do Taipal (Taipal Marsh) Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 233 protected area overlaps with site 233  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -

Land use

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

Protection status National: Special Protection Area Paul do Taipal, 233 ha overlaps with IBA International:Special Protection Area Paul do Taipal; Ramsar site 233 ha overlaps witha IBA

References Costa & Guedes (1996)Farinha et al.(2001)tenreiro (2002a,b)

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Paul do Taipal. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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