Cuchillete de Buenavista-gully of La Torre-Los Alares

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
Black-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles orientalis LC resident 1994 40 breeding pairs B2, C6
Plain Swift Apus unicolor LC resident 2010 10-20 breeding pairs A2
African Houbara Chlamydotis undulata VU resident 2006 51-66 individuals A1, B2, C1, C2, C6
Eurasian Thick-knee Burhinus oedicnemus LC resident 1988 10 breeding pairs B2, C6
Cream-coloured Courser Cursorius cursor LC resident 2006 250-275 individuals A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C6
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus EN resident 2008 4 breeding pairs A1, C1, C6
Fuerteventura Stonechat Saxicola dacotiae NT resident 2006 120-200 breeding pairs A1, B2, C1, C2, C6
Berthelot's Pipit Anthus berthelotii LC resident 2010 50-100 breeding pairs A2
Trumpeter Finch Bucanetes githagineus LC resident 2010 50-100 breeding pairs C2, C6

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)
Llanos y cuchillos de Antigua Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 9,913 protected area overlaps with site 5,730
Espacio marino del oriente y sur de Lanzarote-Fuerteventura Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 1,432,842 protected area is adjacent to site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland -
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland -
Desert Semidesert -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) Inland cliffs -
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 -
fisheries/aquaculture -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Cuchillete de Buenavista-gully of La Torre-Los Alares. Downloaded from on 24/09/2023.