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Location Spain, Extremadura
Central coordinates 6o 15.00' West  38o 20.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2, C1, C2, C6
Area 6,700 ha
Altitude 350 - 655m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A plain to the east of Zafra with non-irrigated cereal cultivation, grasslands, and dehesas. There are also some vineyards and olive-groves.

Key Biodiversity An important area for wintering Grus grus and breeding steppic birds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1996  100 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Great Bustard Otis tarda resident  1996  600 breeding pairs  medium  A1, B2, C1, C2  Vulnerable 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax resident  1996  500 breeding pairs  medium  A1, B2, C1  Near Threatened 
Common Crane Grus grus winter  1995  1,200-3,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Burhinus oedicnemus resident  1996  220 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Black-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles orientalis resident  1996  200 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved evergreen woodland  -
Grassland   -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  65%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 65%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Bienvenida-Usagre-Ribera del Fresno. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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