|Location||Cape Verde, Boavista|
|Central coordinates||22o 47.00' West 15o 58.00' North|
|Altitude||0 - 28m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description Ilhéu de Curral Velho is a calcarous rock (0.5 ha), situated c.500 m off the southernmost point of Boavista and rising c.15 m above sea-level. The cliffs are heavily eroded and the extreme south-western part stands almost separate from the remainder of the islet. The islet is unvegetated, but fossilized roots of shrubs are plentiful. Due to the prevailing heavy seas, access to the islet is difficult and often impossible. The area on the opposite main island, centred around the deserted village of Curral Velho, consists of sand-dunes, a lagoon and an oasis with palm trees, Acacia spp. and Tamarix senegalensis. It has a typical arid-zone flora and fauna.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Iago Sparrow Passer iagoensis||resident||1996||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Ilheu Curral Velho||Nature Reserve||50||protected area contained by site||50|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||-|
Other biodiversity The sandy beaches of the Curral Velho area are important laying sites for sea turtles, in particular Eretmochelys imbricata (CR) and Caretta caretta (EN). Lizards occurring in the area include Mabuya stangeri and Hemidactylus bouvieri.
References Hazevoet (1994, 1995).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ilhéu de Curral Velho and adjacent coastal area. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/12/2013
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