It is home to several globally threatened species of birds and mammals, such as Syrian Serin Serinus syriacus, Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni
, Blanford's Fox Vulpes cana and Nubian Ibex Capra nubiana.
Colony connectivity has already been demonstrated for a relative of Eleonora's falcon, the lesser kestrel Falco naumanni, a raptor exhibiting both philopatric and dispersal behaviours within a population (Calabuig et al.
2008: Causes, consequences and mechanisms of breeding dispersal in the colonial lesser kestrel, Falco naumanni.
improvement of nesting conditions for Falco naumanni
and recovering its population in the region;
as road victims in our study area, and on the contents of regurgitated pellets (see also next paragraph) collected in roosts of communal species such as White Stork, Montagu's Harrier and Lesser Kestrel, Falco naumanni, observed species were classified as acridivorous or nonacridivorous.
1 7 Coracias abyssinica 2 8 4 14 15 Cursorius temminckii - - - - - Elanus caeruleus - - - - - Eupodotus savilei 3 5 10 9 4 Falco naumanni 11 10 7 3 4 Halcyon senegalensis 12 12 13 3 2 Lamprotornis caudatus 6 8 6 2 10 Lamprotornis chalybaeus - - - - - Lanius meridionalis - - - - - Lanius senator - 1 1 1 - Leptoptilos crumeniferus - - - - - Macronyx croceus - - - - - Merops albicollis 47 160 78 39 79 Milvus migrans - - - - - Mirafra cantillans 28 44 55 40 24 Motacilla flava - - - - - Myrmecocichla aethiops - - - - - Neotis denhami - - - - - Oenanthe oenanthe - - - - - Oenanthe sp.
The case against Portugal concerns the Campo Maior, a special protection area in the Eastern hinterland of the country which is very important for a range of endangered wild bird species such as the Little Bustard, Tetrax tetrax, the Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Pterocles orientalis, the Lesser Kestrel, Falco naumanni
and, the Great Bustard, Otis tarda.