Malcata mountains

Country/territory: Portugal

IBA criteria met: A3, C6 (2002)
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Area: 16,361 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)
A medium-sized mountain range with rolling hills covered with scrub and conifer plantations. There is a sharp difference in vegetation-types between the northern and southern slopes, with the former having a colder and more continental microclimate, while the latter is more Mediterranean in character.

Key biodiversity
An important area for breeding raptors, being one of only two breeding sites known for Aegypius monachus in Portugal in recent years.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Malcata mountains. Downloaded from on 04/10/2023.