Mountain of Agua, gully of Los Cochinos and gully of Cuevas Negras

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
One of the best-conserved laurel Laurus forests in Tenerife. Formerly cultivated areas have been invaded by scrub, and vertical cliffs support characteristic vegetation. Human activities include the cutting of branches for use in tomato/banana cultivation.

Key biodiversity
This site holds the most significant numbers of Columba junoniae on Tenerife, and the main Puffinus puffinus breeding colony on the island. It is also important for other endemic birds.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Introduced rats Rattus affect both Columba populations, especially C. junoniae. Forest fires (some man-made) cause habitat loss and affect breeding species. Additional threats include open-air sports, illegal hunting and the clearing of tracks and roads. The area is a game reserve. Various studies have been undertaken on the biology, distribution, ecology and conservation of the two Columba species.

Protected areas
National High International High800 ha of IBA covered by Rural Park (Teno, 8,064 ha). 800 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Teno, 7,645 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mountain of Agua, gully of Los Cochinos and gully of Cuevas Negras. Downloaded from on 14/08/2022.