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Location Cape Verde, Santiago
Central coordinates 23o 43.00' West  14o 59.00' North
IBA criteria A4ii
Area 160 ha
Altitude 0 - 200m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Site description The site comprises a c.8 km stretch of rugged cliffs along the south-western coast of the island of Santiago, from the fishermen’s village of Porto Mosquito to Baia do Inferno (Baia de Santa Clara), a large and relatively well-sheltered bay. The average height of the cliffs is c.30 m, but at Baia do Inferno they rise to 200 m and are exceedingly steep.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Red-billed Tropicbird Phaethon aethereus breeding  25-30 breeding pairs  A4ii  Least Concern 

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
not utilised -

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Hazevoet (1994, 1995).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Coastal cliffs between Porto Mosquito and Baia do Inferno. Downloaded from on 30/09/2014

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