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Location Spain, Extremadura
Central coordinates 5o 15.00' West  38o 40.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C6
Area 82,500 ha
Altitude 375 - 938m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description An area of mountains and a river valley. The mountain slopes are dominated by sclerophyllous scrub. The river valley has large dehesas, and some grassland, arable cultivation and olive-groves. The main human activities are livestock-grazing and hunting.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  1997  9 breeding pairs  good  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos resident  1997  9 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciata resident  1997  8 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus winter  1995  2,361-6,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
EMBALSE DE LA SERENA - ES0000397 Birds Directive 15,889 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
LA SERENA - ES4310010 Habitats Directive 144,512 protected area overlaps with site 9,318  
LA SERENA Y SIERRAS PERIFÉRICAS - ES0000367 Birds Directive 153,702 protected area overlaps with site 12,415  
RIO ORTIGA - ES4310064 Habitats Directive 1,053 protected area overlaps with site 114  
RIO ZUJAR - ES6130012 Habitats Directive 108 protected area overlaps with site 15  
SIERRA DE MORALEJA - ES4310040 Habitats Directive 596 protected area contained by site 596  
SIERRA DE MORALEJA Y PIEDRA SANTA - ES0000371 Birds Directive 2,911 protected area contained by site 2,911  
SIERRAS DE ALMADÉN-CHILLÓN-GUADALMEZ - ES0000155 Birds Directive 7,508 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
SIERRAS DE ALMADÉN-CHILLÓN-GUADALMEZ - ES4220015 Habitats Directive 6,612 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
SIERRAS DE PEÑALSORDO Y CAPILLA - ES0000335 Birds Directive 4,545 protected area contained by site 4,545  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved evergreen woodland  26%
Shrubland   26%
Grassland   -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  26%

Land use

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

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Puerto de Mejoral-Almorchón-Cabeza del Buey. Downloaded from on 20/10/2014

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