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Location Spain, Extremadura
Central coordinates 6o 25.00' West  39o 0.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B1iii, B2, C1, C2, C6
Area 56,900 ha
Altitude 200 - 317m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description Plains to the north of Mérida, mainly covered by dehesas interspersed with dry grasslands and cereal crops. The main human activity is livestock-farming.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus resident  1996  25 breeding pairs  poor  B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus non-breeding  1997  23-30 individuals  medium  A1, B1iii, C1, C2  Near Threatened 
Common Crane Grus grus winter  1995  788-1,883 individuals  good  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola breeding  1997  70 breeding pairs  medium  A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons resident  1992  31 breeding pairs  good  C2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
CORREDOR DEL LACARA - ES4310048 Habitats Directive 551 protected area overlaps with site 50  
EMBALSE DE LOS CANCHALES - ES0000327 Birds Directive 600 protected area contained by site 600  
LAGUNA TEMPORAL DE MURTALES - ES4310061 Habitats Directive 13 protected area contained by site 13  
RIO ALJUCEN BAJO - ES4310017 Habitats Directive 402 protected area is adjacent to site 0  

Local conservation groups The local conservation groups below are working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Confederación Hidrografica del Guadiana 0
Grupo de Conservación del Área de Zoología de la Universidad de Extremadura. 0


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 Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  26%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 75%
hunting -
water management -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lácara-Morante. Downloaded from on 23/10/2014

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