Ilhéu do Topo e Costa Adjacente

Country/territory: Portugal

IBA Criteria met: A4i, A4ii, B1i, B1ii, B2, C2, C6 (2002)
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Area: 230 ha

Protection status:

Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves

Site description
This coastal IBA includes the area between the coastline and cobble beaches and the top of the seacliffs, from the stream of Ribeira do Cabeço da Cruz to the Fajã do Nortezinho. The cliffs are often covered by macaronesean woodland. The site includes the Ilhéu do Topo, an islet with 20 hectares and rocky cliffs. The islet is currently used by cattle.

Key biodiversity
One of the most important areas for breeding seabirds of the archipelago. At Ilhéu do Topo there is a potencial colony of 'cold-period' Madeiran Storm Petrel.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ilhéu do Topo e Costa Adjacente. Downloaded from on 15/07/2020.