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Location Spain, Aragón,Castilla-La Mancha
Central coordinates 1o 40.00' West  40o 25.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 80,300 ha
Altitude 1,100 - 1,900m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A mountainous area with large Pinus woodlands. There are also areas of maquis, scrub, and sheep-grazed dry grassland.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for breeding raptors

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos resident  1995  8-10 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus breeding  1996  20 breeding pairs  poor  B2, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Montes Universales National Game Reserve 59,260 protected area contained by site 59,260  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Broadleaved evergreen woodland; Native coniferous woodland  26%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  -
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -
Artificial - terrestrial Ruderal land  -

Land use

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

Protection status National Partial International None59,260 ha of IBA covered by National Game Reserve (Montes Universales, 59,260 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Montes Universales-Albarracín mountain range. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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