Small inshore rocky islet, near 250 metres at SE of Ponta de Altar, close to River Arade mouth. The islet (leixão) has a very little area, with cliffy banks to a maximum altitude of 23 metres.The flat top is relatively plane and covered by spread scrub.
The most important heronry on offshore rocky islets in Portugal.
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Leixão da Gaivota. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/09/2020.