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Location Spain, Extremadura
Central coordinates 6o 50.00' West  38o 50.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B1i, B2, C1, C2, C6
Area 79,000 ha
Altitude 275 - 335m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description Plains to the south-east of Badajoz with grasslands, dehesas and some non-irrigated cereal cultivation. There is an endorreic lagoon complex.

Key Biodiversity This is an important area for breeding steppic species, resident and wintering raptors and wintering Grus grus.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White Stork Ciconia ciconia breeding  1996  200 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus resident  1996  25 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Great Bustard Otis tarda resident  1996  1,500 breeding pairs  medium  A1, B2, C1, C2, C6  Vulnerable 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax resident  1996  3,000 breeding pairs  medium  A1, B2, C1, C2, C6  Near Threatened 
Common Crane Grus grus winter  1996  1,000 individuals  medium  B1i, C2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
COMPLEJO LAGUNAR DE LA ALBUERA - ES4310003 Birds Directive 1,878 protected area contained by site 1,878  
LLANOS Y COMPLEJO LAGUNAR DE LA ALBUERA - ES0000398 Birds Directive 36,367 protected area overlaps with site 23,519  
RIO GUADIANA INTERNACIONAL - ES4310027 Habitats Directive 837 protected area overlaps with site 153  
RIVERA DE LOS LIMONETES - NOGALES - ES4310032 Habitats Directive 877 protected area overlaps with site 525  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved evergreen woodland  10%
Grassland   10%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas  80%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 80%
hunting 100%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Olivenza-La Albuera. Downloaded from on 29/01/2015

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