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Location Portugal, Norte
Central coordinates 6o 39.00' West  41o 31.00' North
IBA criteria B2, B3, C6
Area 50,674 ha
Altitude 215 - 840m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves



Site description Steep valleys with high cliffs in the watershed of the Sabôr river (the best well-preserved tributary of the Douro, at the moment) in north-east Portugal. There is sclerophyllous scrub and farmland on the intervening plateaus.

Key Biodiversity The site holds important numbers of cliff-nesting bird species.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  1997  1-5 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
White Stork Ciconia ciconia breeding  1997  1-5 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Falco peregrinus resident  1997  6-10 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos resident  1997  14-16 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  1997  8-11 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Endangered 
Black Kite Milvus migrans breeding  1997  6-10 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciata resident  1997  6-10 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Red Kite Milvus milvus resident  1997  6-10 breeding pairs  good  C6  Near Threatened 
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1997  20 breeding pairs  unknown  B3, C6  Least Concern 
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus breeding  2001  1-5 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo resident  1997  11-20 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Black Wheatear Oenanthe leucura resident  1997  uncommon  C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2014 high not assessed low
  unset
-

Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - large dams happening now some of area/population (10-49%) very rapid to severe deterioration high

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  Not assessed  Not assessed  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Minas de St. Adrião - PTCON0042 Habitats Directive 3,495 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Morais - PTCON0023 Habitats Directive 12,878 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Rios Sabor e Maçãs - PTCON0021 Habitats Directive 33,476 protected area overlaps with site 31,173  
Rios Sabor e Maçãs - PTZPE0037 Birds Directive 50,688 protected area overlaps with site 46,933  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  52%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  8%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  10%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  30%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
hunting -
water management -

Protection status National:Special Protection Area Rivers Sabor and maçãs (50674 ha overlaps with IBA);Proposal SIC Rivers Sabor and Maçãs(33476 ha, included 31175 ha of IBA).International:Special Protection Area Rives Sabor and Maçãs; Candidature SIC Rivers Sabor e Maçãs.

References S.N.P.R.C.N. (1992), Araújo, Neves & Rufino (1994), Monteiro (1995),Pombal (1996), Monteiro (1999,2000), Rosa et al.(2000a).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sabôr and Maçãs. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/12/2014

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