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Location Spain, Extremadura
Central coordinates 6o 35.00' West  40o 20.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B1i, B1iii, B2, C1, C2, C6
Area 86,600 ha
Altitude 350 - 1,412m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A mountain range in northern Extremadura. The vegetation consists of Pinus pinaster plantations, scrub and grassland. There are also some olive-groves and orchards. The main human activities are livestock-farming and forestry.

Key Biodiversity An important site for resident raptors. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aquila adalberti (resident).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  1995  6 breeding pairs  good  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus resident  1995  43 breeding pairs  good  A1, B1iii, B2, C1, C2, C6  Near Threatened 
Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus breeding  1996  25 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
EL REBOLLAR - ES4150032 Habitats Directive 49,811 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
HURDES - ES0000355 Birds Directive 26,982 protected area overlaps with site 11,616  
LAS HURDES - ES4320011 Habitats Directive 23,887 protected area overlaps with site 8,650  
RIO ERJAS - ES4320021 Habitats Directive 1,164 protected area overlaps with site 531  
RIO ESPERABAN - ES4320069 Habitats Directive 346 protected area contained by site 346  
RIOS ARRAGO Y TRALGAS - ES4320072 Habitats Directive 761 protected area overlaps with site 280  
RIVERAS DE GATA Y ACEBO - ES4320076 Habitats Directive 1,089 protected area overlaps with site 409  
SIERRA DE GATA - ES4320037 Habitats Directive 18,057 protected area contained by site 18,057  
SIERRA DE GATA Y VALLE DE LAS PILAS - ES0000370 Birds Directive 18,523 protected area contained by site 18,523  
SIERRAS DE RISCO VIEJO - ES4320047 Habitats Directive 13,830 protected area is adjacent to site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Broadleaved evergreen woodland  -
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  60%
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -
Artificial - terrestrial Forestry plantations; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  25%

Land use

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

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: East Gata mountain range. Downloaded from on 03/05/2015

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