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Location Spain, Castilla-La Mancha
Central coordinates 4o 30.00' West  38o 50.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4ii, B1iii, B2, C1, C2, C6
Area 100,000 ha
Altitude 550 - 884m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description An area of dehesa, scrub and Quercus woodland. The main human activity is livestock-farming.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for breeding raptors.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White Stork Ciconia ciconia breeding  1994  25 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus resident  1992  60 breeding pairs  medium  A1, A4ii, B1iii, B2, C1, C2, C6  Near Threatened 
Spanish Imperial Eagle Aquila adalberti resident  1995  3 breeding pairs  good  A1, B2, C1, C6  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
RÍOS DE LA CUENCA MEDIA DEL GUADIANA Y LADERAS VERTIENTES - ES4220003 Habitats Directive 23,484 protected area overlaps with site 7,863  
RIOS QUEJIGAL, VALDEAZOGUES Y ALCUDIA - ES4220007 Habitats Directive 1,215 protected area overlaps with site 83  
SIERRA DE LOS CANALIZOS - ES0000088 Birds Directive 25,779 protected area contained by site 25,779  
SIERRA DE LOS CANALIZOS - ES4220013 Habitats Directive 24,564 protected area contained by site 24,564  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved evergreen woodland  26%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  26%
Grassland   -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 100%

Protection status National None International Partial23,545 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Sierra de los Canalizos, 24,135 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Canalizos mountain range (Saceruela). Downloaded from on 19/04/2015

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