A very large area of steppe in southern Italy, including the village of Altamura, with areas of maquis and agricultural land.
An important area for breeding raptors (especially Falco naumanni) and for larks and other steppic species, as well as for five of the 21 species of the Mediterranean biome. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Tetrax tetrax (rare resident).
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Murge. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 05/03/2021.