Ta'Cenc cliffs

Country/territory: Malta

IBA Criteria met: C2, C6 (2004)
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Area: 20 ha

BirdLife Malta
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2013 very high not assessed low
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Site description
Sheer sea cliffs (135 m high), on the island of Gozo, with profuse vegetation on some ledges.

Key biodiversity
The cliffs support the largest breeding colony of Calonectris diomedea in the Maltese islands, and are a stronghold for Monticola solitarius. One of the last known breeding pairs of Falco peregrinus in Malta nested here, but was shot in the early 1980s, and a pair of Tyto alba used to breed here in the 1970s. The rocky cliff-top area is one of the best breeding areas in Malta for Calandrella brachydactyla, Sylvia conspicillata and Miliaria calandra.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ta'Cenc cliffs. Downloaded from on 03/02/2023.