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Location Spain, Cataluña
Central coordinates 1o 20.00' East  42o 30.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 65,000 ha
Altitude 700 - 3,144m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description An extensive area in the Pyrenees with large Pinus forests and more limited areas of Betula woodland. There are also extensive areas of scrub, pasture, and alpine grassland. The main human activities are forestry, stock-grazing, hiking, and skiing.

Key Biodiversity This is an important area for upland forest species.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Western Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus resident  1996  175 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Rock Ptarmigan Lagopus muta resident  1996  50 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Grey Partridge Perdix perdix resident  1996  150 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus resident  1996  2 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Near Threatened 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos breeding  1994  11 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Circaetus gallicus breeding  1994  8-15 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Not Recognised 
Boreal Owl Aegolius funereus resident  1993  10 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius resident  1994  40 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Rufous-tailed Rock-thrush Monticola saxatilis breeding  1996  35 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  45%
Shrubland Scrub  30%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland; Mesophile grasslands  25%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 26%
tourism/recreation 26%
agriculture 26%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Alt Pallars. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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