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Location Spain, Castilla-La Mancha
Central coordinates 5o 10.00' West  40o 0.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, C1, C6
Area 45,500 ha
Altitude 350 - 400m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description An area of plains in the Tajo valley dominated by grassland and cereal cultivation with areas of dehesa.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for steppic birds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White Stork Ciconia ciconia breeding  1994  40 breeding pairs  poor  C6  Least Concern 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni breeding  1992  60 breeding pairs  good  A1, B2, C1, C6  Least Concern 
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1992  20 breeding pairs  poor  C6  Least Concern 
Great Bustard Otis tarda resident  1994  24-50 breeding pairs  good  A1, C1  Vulnerable 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax resident  1994  1,200 breeding pairs  good  A1, B2, C1, C6  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
LLANURAS DE OROPESA, LAGARTERA Y CALERA Y CHOZAS - ES0000168 Birds Directive 14,948 protected area overlaps with site 9,620  
RIO TAJO EN CASTREJON, ISLAS DE MALPICA DE TAJO Y AZUTAN - ES0000169 Birds Directive 1,961 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
SIERRA DE SAN VICENTE Y VALLES DEL TIETAR Y ALBERCHE - ES4250001 Habitats Directive 117,539 protected area overlaps with site 9,807  
VALLE DEL TIETAR Y EMBALSES DE ROSARITO Y NAVALCAN - ES0000089 Birds Directive 68,564 protected area overlaps with site 9,807  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved evergreen woodland  45%
Shrubland   -
Grassland   26%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  50%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 26%
hunting 26%

Protection status National None International Partial9,780 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Llanuras de Oropesa, Lagartera y Calera y Chozas, 14,948 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Oropesa plains. Downloaded from on 02/03/2015

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