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Location Spain, Aragón,Cataluña
Central coordinates 0o 55.00' East  42o 5.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C2, C6
Area 49,000 ha
Altitude 400 - 1,678m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A mountainous area of limestone cliffs and gorges. Sclerophyllous scrub predominates, with some scattered Quercus woodland, arable cultivation and olive-groves.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Falco peregrinus resident  1966  10 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Not Recognised 
Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus resident  1996  2 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Near Threatened 
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  1996  5 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Endangered 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos resident  1996  7 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax resident  1996  200 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Aiguabarreig Segre-Noguera Pallaresa - ES5130014 Birds Directive 10,113 protected area overlaps with site 6,785  
Noguera Ribagorcana--Mont-Remei Natural Reserve 1 protected area contained by site 1  
Serres del Montsec, Sant Mamet i Mitjana - ES5130015 Birds Directive 32,420 protected area overlaps with site 20,809  
SIERRA DE MONGAY - ES0000288 Habitats Directive 3,216 protected area overlaps with site 2,713  
SIERRA DE MONGAY - ES2410042 Habitats Directive 3,198 protected area overlaps with site 2,684  
Valls del Sió-Llobregós - ES5130016 Habitats Directive 26,847 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Vessants de la Noguera Ribagorçana - ES5130032 Birds Directive 6,524 protected area is adjacent to site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  -
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  26%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  26%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 26%
hunting -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport 26%

Protection status National Low International None1 ha of IBA covered by Natural Reserve (Noguera Ribagorcana-Mont-Remei, 1 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Montsech and Montgai mountains. Downloaded from on 22/08/2014

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