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Location Spain, Aragón,Cataluña
Central coordinates 0o 12.00' East  41o 47.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, C2, C6
Area 9,450 ha
Altitude 78 - 400m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A long stretch of riverine forest along the Rivers Cinca and Alcanadre, which also have areas of shingle, cliffs and emergent vegetation. The main human activities are hunting and forestry.

Key Biodiversity This is an important area for riverine species including the best Nycticorax nycticorax colony in Spain.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris breeding  1996  1-2 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax breeding  1990  70-85 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea breeding  1995  21 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Egretta garzetta breeding  1990  40-45 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus breeding  1995  7-10 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus passage  1995  1,000 individuals  poor  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis resident  1995  20-30 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  40%
Grassland Humid grasslands  10%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Water fringe vegetation  55%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 25%
hunting 80%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Rivers Cinca and Alcanadre riverine forest. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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