Vilaflor pine woodland

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description (baseline)
Pinus canariensis woodland in the south of Tenerife, that are of high ecological and floristic value. Spartocystus and Adenocarpus scrub occurs at higher altitudes.

Key biodiversity
The site is important for endemic forest passerines, especially Fringilla teydea.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Forest fires (some of them man-made) are a major threat. Illegal hunting and activities related to forestry practices (cutting of branches for use in cultivation) adversely affect the habitat, and rats Rattus and feral cats Felis catus prey on birds. Various studies have been undertaken on the biology and distribution of raptors, Fringilla teydea and Dendrocopos major.

Protected areas
National High International High1,750 ha of IBA covered by Natural Park (Corona Forestal, 40,545 ha). 1,750 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Corona Forestal de Tenerife, 37,173 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Vilaflor pine woodland. Downloaded from on 30/05/2023.