Lajares sandy plain-Cotillo-Ezquinzo

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2011 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Barbary Partridge Alectoris barbara LC resident 1995 10 breeding pairs B2
Black-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles orientalis LC resident 2006 213-649 breeding pairs C2, C6
African Houbara Chlamydotis undulata VU resident 2006 40-63 individuals A1, B2, C1, C2, C6
Eurasian Thick-knee Burhinus oedicnemus LC resident 2006 37-257 breeding pairs B1i, C2, C6
Cream-coloured Courser Cursorius cursor LC resident 2006 min 218 individuals A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C6
Alaudala rufescens NR resident 2006 2,411-4,045 breeding pairs B2
Fuerteventura Stonechat Saxicola dacotiae NT resident 2006 100-175 breeding pairs A1, B2, C1, C2
Berthelot's Pipit Anthus berthelotii LC resident 2006 1,430-2,217 breeding pairs B3

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2011).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Montaña de Tindaya Monumento Natural 183 protected area overlaps with site 0
Malpaís de la Arena Monumento Natural 850 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Malpaís de la Arena Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 850 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Lajares; Esquinzo y costa del Jarubio Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 7,286 protected area overlaps with site 6,800


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland -
Desert Semidesert -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Ruderal land -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
military -
tourism/recreation -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Lajares sandy plain-Cotillo-Ezquinzo. Downloaded from on 01/10/2023.