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Location Spain, País Vasco
Central coordinates 2o 30.00' West  42o 40.00' North
IBA criteria B3, C2, C6
Area 9,250 ha
Altitude 700 - 1,057m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description Mountains with streams, bogs and a large Quercus pyrenaica woodland. Cattle are grazed in the woodland which contains many small patches of grassland. The main human activities are game hunting and forestry.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  1995  2-4 breeding pairs  good  C6  Endangered 
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus breeding  1994  3-5 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Leiopicus medius resident  1995  200-300 breeding pairs  good  B3, C2, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Ega-Berron Ibaia / R Habitats Directive 226 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Izki - ES2110019 Birds Directive 9,005 protected area contained by site 9,005  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Broadleaved evergreen woodland  80%
Shrubland Scrub  40%
Grassland Dry siliceous grassland  15%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs; Rivers and streams  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  -
Artificial - terrestrial Perennial crops, orchards and groves  5%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 5%
forestry 100%
hunting 100%
tourism/recreation 5%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Izki mountains. Downloaded from on 25/10/2014

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