Famara sandy plain

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
Barbary Partridge Alectoris barbara LC resident 1995 6 breeding pairs B2
African Houbara Chlamydotis undulata VU resident 2006 185-347 individuals A1, B2, C1, C2, C6
Eurasian Thick-knee Burhinus oedicnemus LC resident 1995 common B2, C6
Cream-coloured Courser Cursorius cursor LC resident 2006 160-190 individuals A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C6
Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus LC resident 2009 present B2
Alaudala rufescens NR resident 1995 common B2
Berthelot's Pipit Anthus berthelotii LC resident 1995 common B3

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 Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Islotes del norte de Lanzarote y Famara Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 17,864 protected area overlaps with site 5,129
Archipiélago de Chinijo Parque Natural 46,351 protected area overlaps with site 1,900
Archipiélago Chinijo Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 8,865 protected area overlaps with site 2,246


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

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
tourism/recreation -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Famara sandy plain. Downloaded from on 31/03/2023.