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Location Spain, La Rioja
Central coordinates 2o 20.00' West  42o 17.00' North
IBA criteria B1iii, B2, C2, C6
Area 23,400 ha
Altitude 600 - 1,328m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description An area of mountains and the valley of the River Ebro with many cliffs and three small gorges. There are extensive areas of scrub as well as grassland and broadleaved deciduous woodland.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for cliff-nesting raptors.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Falco peregrinus resident  1994  12 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus resident  1994  155 breeding pairs  good  B1iii, B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos resident  1994  6 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo resident  1994  10 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  40%
Shrubland   -
Grassland   -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  60%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 25%
not utilised 60%

Protection status National None International Partial8,000 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Peñas de Iregua, Leza y Jubera, 8,000 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Gorges of Iregua, Leza and Jubera. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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