Chafarinas Islands

Country/territory: Spain

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, B1i, B1ii, B2, C1, C2, C6 (2011)
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Area: 27,110 ha

Protection status:


Site description
Three small islands close to the north-east coast of Morocco, dominated by scrub. The central island is occupied by a small army detachment, the other two are uninhabited.

Key biodiversity
This is an important site for breeding seabirds, including the world's second largest Larus audouinii colony.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Chafarinas Islands. Downloaded from on 28/10/2020.