Ilhéus das Cabras
Protected Area for the Management of Habitats or Species
Located southeast of the coast of Angra do Heroísmo, this area has about 28 hectares and is a shallow submarine volcanic system that originated a tuff cone crossed by a fissure and, having been dismantled by tectonic movements and sea erosion, originated two distinct parts, the Ilhéu Grande and the Ilhéu Pequeno (the big and the small islets).
This islets, have high sea-cliffs with herbaceous vegetation of the Macaronesian coasts, providing a breeding habitat for migratory seabirds such as Calonectris borealis and Sterna hirundo and where it currently lives a large colony of Larus michahellis atlantis. The Nyctalus azoreum also occurs regularly in this area.
This site is classified as an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) of the BirdLife International organization and as a Special Protection Area (SPA) under the Natura 2000 network.