Mountains with quartziferous scarps of great dimensions located between the towns of Castelo Branco and Portalegre. Mountains are crossed by River Tejo and River Ocreza with high steep valleys. Pine-woods non native and some mediterranean shrubland. It is also important the existence of a great amount of Junniperus.
This site holds the greatest colony of Gyps fulvus in Portugal and other cliff-nesting species like ciconia nigra and Hieraatus fasciatus.Also it is possible to found Oenanthe leucura.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Disturbances from intensified forest management and tourism activities are common. The use of illegal pouson and aircrafts in area Portas de Ródâo causes death of some Gyps fulvus. Burning of vegetation and intensified forestry has contributed to the degradation of habitat.Now (2001/2002) works in the railway network involved destruction of nests and high disturbances in the colony of gyps fulvus and also in Hieraaetus fasciatus and Bubo bubo.
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Portas de Ródão e Vale Mourão. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 04/07/2020.