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Location Cape Verde, Santiago
Central coordinates 23o 35.00' West  15o 5.00' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 1 ha
Altitude 400 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description The site consists of two mahogany Khaya senegalensis trees of moderate height, standing together on private farmland in a valley bottom, near the village of Banana, in eastern-central Santiago. The area is intensively farmed; mainly maize, beans and sugar-cane.

Key Biodiversity See Box for key species. This is one of only two known breeding sites for the endemic Ardea (purpurea) bournei (see site CV006). This colony was only discovered in 1991. In 1991–1993, there were c.20 nests but, due to their position in the crowns of the trees and the thick foliage, it was not possible to accurately determine the number occupied. In March 2000, eight adults and 10 juveniles were counted in the colony, and 13–15 nests were observed in December 2000. Acrocephalus brevipennis breeds in the area.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea resident  present  A1  Least Concern 

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
hunting -

References Hazevoet (1992b, 1995, 1997, 1999).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mahoganies at Banana, Ribeira Montanha, Ilha de Santiago. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/12/2014

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