|Central coordinates||14o 14.00' East 36o 2.00' North|
|IBA criteria||C2, C6|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Ornithological information The cliffs support the largest breeding colony of Calonectris diomedea in the Maltese islands, and are a stronghold for Monticola solitarius. One of the last known breeding pairs of Falco peregrinus in Malta nested here, but was shot in the early 1980s, and a pair of Tyto alba used to breed here in the 1970s. The rocky cliff-top area is one of the best breeding areas in Malta for Calandrella brachydactyla, Sylvia conspicillata and Miliaria calandra.
Site description Sheer sea cliffs (135 m high), on the island of Gozo, with profuse vegetation on some ledges.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Cory's Shearwater Calonectris diomedea||breeding||1994||800-1,000 breeding pairs||good||C2, C6||Least Concern|
|Yelkouan Shearwater Puffinus yelkouan||breeding||-||150-300 breeding pairs||-||C2, C6||Vulnerable|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|L-Inhawi ta' Ta' Cenc - MT0000034||Habitats Directive||140||protected area overlaps with site||11|
|Rdumijiet ta' Ghawdex: Ta' Cenc - MT0000027||Birds Directive||152||protected area overlaps with site||15|
|Ta'Cenc Cliffs||Nature Reserve||2||protected area contained by site||2|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Shrubland||Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis||100%|
|Coastline||Sea cliffs and rocky shores||-|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Management considerations Illegal shooting and trapping of birds is a problem. The site is threatened by proposed tourist development. The cliffs are of interest for their undisturbed garrigue vegetation and associated animal communities.
Protection status National High International None2 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Ta'Cenc Cliffs, 2 ha).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ta'Cenc cliffs. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/05/2013
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