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Location Spain, Extremadura
Central coordinates 6o 10.00' West  39o 10.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2
Area 54,500 ha
Altitude 250 - 698m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description The site contains extensive areas of dehesa areas and also grasslands and scrub. A small reservoir lies within the site. The main human activities are livestock-farming, hunting and cork harvesting (`Other' land-use).

Key Biodiversity An important site for raptors, steppic birds and wintering Grus grus.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  1995  5 breeding pairs  medium  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Black Stork Ciconia nigra passage  1995  12 individuals  medium  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax resident  1996  350 breeding pairs  medium  A1, C1  Near Threatened 
Common Crane Grus grus winter  1995  471-3,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Cornalvo Nature Park 10,570 protected area contained by site 10,570  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved evergreen woodland  26%
Grassland   -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  -
Artificial - terrestrial Perennial crops, orchards and groves  -

Land use

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

Protection status National Partial International Partial10,570 ha of IBA covered by Natural Park (Cornalvo, 10,570 ha). 10,570 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Embalse de Cornalvo y Sierra Bermeja, 10,570 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Montánchez mountain range-Cornalvo reservoir. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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