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Location Spain, Aragón
Central coordinates 0o 45.00' West  41o 20.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C2, C6
Area 53,000 ha
Altitude 200 - 704m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description One of the best preserved steppe areas in the River Ebro basin. The vegetation is a mixture of steppe-grassland and arable agriculture.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for breeding steppic species. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Otis tarda (15 non-breeding individuals).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax resident  1995  60-80 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Near Threatened 
Burhinus oedicnemus resident  1995  150 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Pin-tailed Sandgrouse Pterocles alchata resident  1995  700-800 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Black-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles orientalis resident  1995  800-1,000 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Lesser Short-toed Lark Calandrella rufescens resident  1995  1,400-2,000 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Dupont's Lark Chersophilus duponti resident  1995  800 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C2, C6  Near Threatened 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  35%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  60%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 80%
hunting 90%

Protection status National None International Low961 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (La Lomaza de Belchite, 961 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Belchite-Mediana. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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