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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.

Key Biodiversity This is an important wintering area for Grus grus and breeding site for raptors.

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 


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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Puerto de Mejoral-Almorchón-Cabeza del Buey. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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