|Location||Cape Verde, Boavista|
|Central coordinates||22o 54.00' West 16o 8.00' North|
|Altitude||0 - 15m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description The area is situated on the western side of Boavista, at the mouth of the Ribeira do Rabil, or Ribeira Grande, the main watercourse on the island. The site comprises an area extending c.7 km east from the coast to the road connecting Vila de Sal Rei (the island’s main town) with the airfield and the village of Rabil. Surrounded by mobile sand-dunes and Tamarix senegalensis bushes, with a wide lagoon at the stream’s outlet, the ribeira is scenically attractive. Following rain, the ribeira may swell to an impressive stream but, for most of the year, it consists of brackish pools which gradually dry out as the dry season advances. The lagoon, however, is filled with water all year. Besides tamarix, the vegetation is dominated by Cyperus spp., Zygophyllum spp. and Euphorbia spp.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Iago Sparrow Passer iagoensis||resident||1996||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|Notes: Firewood collection.|
Other biodiversity The endemic lizards Mabuya stangeri and Hemidactylus bouvieri occur.
References Hazevoet (1992a, 1995).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ribeira do Rabil. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 13/12/2013
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