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Location Spain, Aragón
Central coordinates 0o 0.00' East  42o 40.00' North
IBA criteria A3, B2, C6
Area 43,000 ha
Altitude 1,200 - 3,355m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description The site encompasses a spectacular area of the central Pyrenees with many peaks over 3,000 m. There are large areas of bare rock and canyons and also Pinus and Fagus forests. Human activities include tourism, forestry, game hunting, and cattle-grazing.

Key Biodiversity Breeding birds include five of the 10 species in Europe that are restricted to the Eurasian high-montane biome (when breeding).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Western Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus resident  1996  20 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Rock Ptarmigan Lagopus muta resident  1996  20 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Grey Partridge Perdix perdix resident  1996  50 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus resident  1996  6 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Near Threatened 
Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius resident  1996  30 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax resident  1996  100 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Yellow-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax graculus resident  1996  abundant  A3  Least Concern 
Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria resident  1996  abundant  A3  Least Concern 
White-winged Snowfinch Montifringilla nivalis resident  1996  abundant  A3  Least Concern 
Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris resident  1996  abundant  A3  Least Concern 
Alpine Citril Finch Carduelis citrinella resident  1996  abundant  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Los Circos National Game Reserve 27,119 protected area overlaps with site 13,000  
Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park 35,287 protected area overlaps with site 31,800  
Ordesa-Vinamala UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 51,396 protected area overlaps with site 20,000  
Pyrénées - Mont Perdu World Heritage Site 31,189 protected area overlaps with site 13,448  
Viñamala National Game Reserve 49,230 protected area overlaps with site 15,000  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Broadleaved evergreen woodland; Native coniferous woodland  -
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland  26%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  26%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
hunting -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation 26%

Protection status National Partial International Partial31,800 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Ordesa y Monte Perdido, 35,287 ha). 13,000 ha of IBA covered by National Game Reserve (Los Circos, 27,119 ha). 15,000 ha of IBA covered by National Game Reserve (Viñamala, 49,230 ha). 20,000 ha of IBA covered by Biosphere Reserve (Ordesa-Viñamala, 51,396 ha). 15,608 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Ordesa y Monte Perdido, 15,608 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ordesa-Bielsa. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 04/09/2015

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