Las Vueltas, Aguas Negras and Quebradas mountains

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description (baseline)
Well-conserved laurel Laurus forest and inland cliffs in the north-east of Tenerife, with a well-developed tree canopy.

Key biodiversity
The site is important for forest passerines, especially for Columba bollii.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Forest fires, the cutting of branches (for use in tomato/banana cultivation), and hunting have a great impact on Columba numbers and habitat. The main threat to these species, however, comes from rats Rattus, which prey mainly on C. junoniae. Disturbance from tourism, and predation by feral cats Felis catus, can also adversely affect numbers. Groundwater abstraction limits water availability, making birds vulnerable to hunters when they congregate at the few remaining drinking sites. Various studies have been undertaken on the biology, distribution, ecology and conservation of the two Columba species.

Protected areas
National High International High450 ha of IBA covered by Rural Park (Anaga, 14,119 ha). 450 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Anaga, 14,119 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Las Vueltas, Aguas Negras and Quebradas mountains. Downloaded from on 28/05/2023.