La Caldera de Taburiente National Park

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description (baseline)
A mountainous area situated in the middle of La Palma, with deep gullies supporting Pinus canariensis and mixed Pinus and Laurus woodland. High mountain vegetation, streams and springs are also found within the site.

Key biodiversity
The site is the most important area in the Canary Islands for breeding Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax, and is also important for forest passerines.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Introduced Barbary sheep Ammotragus lervia can cause damage to habitats, while other introduced species prey upon birds (e.g., rats Rattus and cats Felis catus). Forest fires and illegal hunting pose additional threats. The area is a game refuge, and there is a management plan.

Protected areas
National High International High4,690 ha of IBA covered by National Park (La Caldera de Taburiente, 4,690 ha). 4,690 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (La Caldera de Taburiente, 4,690 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: La Caldera de Taburiente National Park. Downloaded from on 04/06/2023.