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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.

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 
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus resident  1997  6-10 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos resident  1997  14-16 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Black Kite Milvus migrans breeding  1997  6-10 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciatus 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 
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  1997  8-11 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Endangered 
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 

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 22/07/2014

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