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Location Spain, Extremadura
Central coordinates 6o 5.00' West  38o 35.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B1i, B2, C1, C2, C6
Area 90,000 ha
Altitude 400 - 943m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A mountainous area in the centre of Badajoz province with high cliffs, extensive areas of broadleaved evergreen forest, sclerophyllous scrub and dehesas in the valleys. The area is used for livestock- grazing.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for raptors. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aegypius monachus (25 non-breeding individuals).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra passage  1995  15 individuals  medium  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Spanish Imperial Eagle Aquila adalberti resident  1995  2 breeding pairs  good  A1, B2, C1  Vulnerable 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos resident  1995  9 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciata resident  1995  11 breeding pairs  good  B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus breeding  1996  25 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus breeding  1996  25 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Spanish Imperial Eagle Aquila adalberti non-breeding  1996  8 individuals  medium  A1, C1  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
CAMPIÑA SUR - EMBALSE DE ARROYO CONEJOS - ES0000325 Birds Directive 44,928 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
RIO GUADAMEZ - ES4310024 Habitats Directive 1,588 protected area overlaps with site 653  
RIO MATACHEL - ES4310028 Habitats Directive 1,165 protected area overlaps with site 533  
RIO PALOMILLAS - ES4310065 Habitats Directive 396 protected area overlaps with site 287  
SIERRA GRANDE DE HORNACHOS - ES0000072 Birds Directive 12,190 protected area contained by site 12,190  
SIERRAS CENTRALES Y EMBALSE DE ALANGE - ES0000334 Birds Directive 16,571 protected area overlaps with site 2,790  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved evergreen woodland  26%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  -
Grassland   -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land  -

Land use

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

Protection status National None International Low6,000 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Sierra Grande de Hornachos, 6,000 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Central Badajoz mountain ranges. Downloaded from on 04/03/2015

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