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Location Spain, Extremadura
Central coordinates 5o 25.00' West  39o 40.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B1i, B1iii, B2, C1, C2, C6
Area 216,230 ha
Altitude 350 - 1,443m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description A mountainous area with dense oak Quercus forest, Castanea sativa woodland, Pinus plantations and extensive areas of scrub. Around villages there are arable fields, olive-groves, grasslands and dehesas.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  1995  20 breeding pairs  good  B1i, B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Black Stork Ciconia nigra passage  1992  min 30 individuals  medium  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  1995  38 breeding pairs  good  B1iii, B2, C2, C6  Endangered 
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus resident  1995  146 breeding pairs  good  B1iii, B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus resident  1995  15 breeding pairs  good  A1, B1iii, B2, C1, C2, C6  Near Threatened 
Spanish Imperial Eagle Aquila adalberti resident  1995  6 breeding pairs  good  A1, B2, C1, C6  Vulnerable 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos resident  1995  19 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus breeding  1992  20 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciata resident  1995  21 breeding pairs  good  B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
COLONIAS DE CERNICALO PRIMILLA DE BELVIS DE MONROY - ES0000433 Birds Directive 2 protected area contained by site 2  
COLONIAS DE CERNICALO PRIMILLA DE SAUCEDILLA - ES0000394 Birds Directive 3 protected area contained by site 3  
EMBALSE DE VALDECAÑAS - ES0000329 Birds Directive 7,459 protected area overlaps with site 481  
MONFRAGÜE Y LAS DEHESAS DEL ENTORNO - ES0000014 Birds Directive 116,151 protected area overlaps with site 5,959  
PUERTO PEÑA - LOS GOLONDRINOS - ES4310009 Birds Directive 33,404 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
RIBEROS DEL ALMONTE - ES0000356 Birds Directive 8,363 protected area overlaps with site 418  
RIO ALMONTE - ES4320018 Habitats Directive 8,730 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
RIO GUADALUPEJO - ES4320070 Habitats Directive 484 protected area overlaps with site 167  
RIO RUECAS ALTO - ES4320029 Habitats Directive 700 protected area overlaps with site 484  
SIERRA DE CABEZAS DE AGUILA - ES4320035 Habitats Directive 3,957 protected area contained by site 3,957  
SIERRA DE LAS VILLUERCAS Y VALLE DEL GUADARRANQUE - ES4320039 Birds Directive 76,336 protected area contained by site 76,336  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved evergreen woodland  26%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  26%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations  -

Land use

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

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Las Villuercas mountain range. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/09/2014

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