Tolfa hills

Country/territory: Italy

IBA criteria met: B2, B3, C6 (2000)
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Area: 75,000 ha

Lega Italiana Protezione Uccelli

Site description (baseline)
A hilly area along the Tyrrhenian coast, east of the town of Civitavecchia. Habitats include maquis, broadleaved woodlands of beech Fagus, and extensive wooded pastures. The main land-use is cattle- and horse-rearing.

Key biodiversity
An important breeding site for many SPECs, especially raptors (the best site in Italy for Circaetus gallicus), owls, larks and shrikes. In the 1970s three pairs of Neophron percnopterus also bred. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Falco naumanni (occurs on passage).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Tolfa hills. Downloaded from on 29/05/2023.