Country/territory: Portugal

IBA criteria met: B2, C6 (2002)
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Area: 33,021 ha

Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2005 not assessed low not assessed
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Site description (2002 baseline)
This site is along mountain band in the littoral Alentejo. It is located in the hidrographical basin of River Mira and includes about a half of Albufeira de Santa Cara (Santa Clara lagoon ). The vegetation of this area presents signs of forestal interventions, with significative areas of eucalyptus, as well as evergreen woodland of Oak Quercus ilex and Quercus suber, with a variable density.In the open valleys of the tributaries of Mira and close to urban nucleus are extensive agriculture areas that are associated to pasturing. The humid enclaves have little patches of autoctonous oakland.

Key biodiversity
This site is a continuity of the habitats that are in the mountains of Monchique, Caldeirão, Grândola and Cercal.It is important for breeding florestal species and specially for Southweastern population of Hieraaetus fasciatus. Also there are pairs of Circaetus gallicus and bubo bubo. In the open areas occur species like Elanus caeruleus, Circus pygargus or Tetrax tetrax.Southwest of territory is important for migrating passerines and for its migratory routes.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Luzianes. Downloaded from on 27/09/2023.