IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2002 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
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax NT resident 2002 60 individuals A1, C1
Great Bustard Otis tarda VU resident 1999 30-50 breeding pairs A1, C1
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus LC breeding 1996 11-50 breeding pairs C6
European Roller Coracias garrulus LC breeding 2001 frequent C6
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni LC breeding 2001 20 breeding pairs A1, C1, C6
Calandra Lark Melanocorypha calandra LC resident 1994 common B2

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2002).

IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2005 not assessed low not assessed
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
no unset good

Pressure (threats to the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Transportation and service corridors utility & service lines happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) very rapid to severe deterioration low

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Not assessed Not assessed Not assessed not assessed
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Cuba Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 4,081 protected area overlaps with site 4,081


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved evergreen woodland -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Other urban and industrial areas -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
hunting -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Cuba. Downloaded from on 01/10/2023.