Mount Cofano, Cape San Vito and Mount Sparagio

Country/territory: Italy

IBA criteria met: B1iv, B2, C2, C5, C6 (2002)
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Area: 12,350 ha

Lega Italiana Protezione Uccelli

Site description (baseline)
A mountain peninsula along the northern coast of Sicily, west of the town of Castellamare del Golfo, and including the following localities: Monte Sparagio, Monte Cofano, Monte Inici, Capo Puntazza, Lo Zingaro, Monte Speziale, and S. Vito lo Capo. The main habitats are rocky sea cliffs, stony and sand beaches, maquis, garrigue and cultivated land. The main land-uses are cultivation, stock-rearing and tourism.

Key biodiversity
An important breeding area for raptors and for five of the 20 species of the Mediterranean biome.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Mount Cofano, Cape San Vito and Mount Sparagio. Downloaded from on 08/06/2023.