Altos de Barahona high moor

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2011

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Black-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles orientalis LC resident 2002 20-25 breeding pairs C2, C6
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax NT breeding 2002 30-40 individuals A1, C1, C6
Great Bustard Otis tarda VU non-breeding 2010 40-50 individuals A1, C1
Eurasian Thick-knee Burhinus oedicnemus LC breeding 2000 40-50 breeding pairs C6
Dupont's Lark Chersophilus duponti VU resident 2007 min 300 males A1, B2, C1, C2, C6

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2008 high unfavourable negligible
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by Habitat
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - agro-industry grazing, ranching or farmin happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Energy production and mining renewable energy happening now some of area/population (10-49%) very rapid to severe deterioration high
Transportation and service corridors utility & service lines happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Condition of habitat (state)
Habitat Habitat Detail Reference Area (ha) Actual Area (ha) % of habitat remaining % of carrying capacity (overall) Result
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland 0 0 moderate (70-90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Pterocles orientalis Black-bellied Sandgrouse 150 150 breeding pairs 100 not assessed
Otis tarda Great Bustard 46 46 individuals 100 not assessed
Chersophilus duponti Dupont's Lark 1100 300 males 28 not assessed

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Little/none of site covered (<10%) No management planning has taken place Very little or no conservation action taking place negligible
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Altos de Barahona - ZEPA Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 42,881 protected area overlaps with site 29,000
Altos De Barahona Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 43,988 protected area overlaps with site 29,000


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved evergreen woodland -
Shrubland Scrub -
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
hunting -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Altos de Barahona high moor. Downloaded from on 30/03/2023.