IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2002

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Madeira Laurel-pigeon Columba trocaz LC resident 2002 4,142-16,910 individuals A1, A2, C1, C2, C6
Plain Swift Apus unicolor LC breeding 2002 common A2, B3
Calonectris diomedea NR breeding 2000 frequent C6
Bulwer's Petrel Bulweria bulwerii LC breeding 2000 rare C6
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus LC breeding 2002 frequent C2, C6
Island Canary Serinus canaria LC resident 2002 frequent A2

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.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here

IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Madeira Nature Park 44,297 protected area contains site 0
Maciço Montanhoso Oriental da Ilha da Madeira Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 50,725 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Maciço Montanhoso Central da Ilha da Madeira Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 6,224 protected area overlaps with site 1,309
Laurissilva da Madeira Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 80,050 protected area overlaps with site 14,934
Achadas da Cruz Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 175 protected area overlaps with site 16


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Native coniferous woodland, Mixed woodland, Broadleaved evergreen woodland -
Grassland Humid grasslands -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features -
Caves and Subterranean Habitats (non-aquatic) Caves -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Perennial crops, orchards and groves, Forestry plantations -
Introduced vegetation -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) Inland cliffs -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
hunting -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
water management -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Laurissilva. Downloaded from on 26/01/2020.