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Location Spain, Castilla-La Mancha,País Valenciano
Central coordinates 1o 0.00' West  39o 45.00' North
IBA criteria B2, B3, C2, C6
Area 135,000 ha
Altitude 400 - 1,551m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A mountainous area with large Pinus forests and areas of scrub. The main human activities are forestry, hunting and arable cultivation.

Key Biodiversity An important site for raptors characteristic of Mediterranean habitats.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus non-breeding  1996  35-40 individuals  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciata resident  1997  10 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Circaetus gallicus breeding  1997  20-30 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Stock Dove Columba oenas resident  1997  400 breeding pairs  poor  B3  Least Concern 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo resident  1997  40-50 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Least Concern 
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster breeding  1996  300-500 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax resident  1996  150-200 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Black Wheatear Oenanthe leucura breeding  1996  40 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved evergreen woodland; Native coniferous woodland  50%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis; Scrub  30%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  25%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  15%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  30%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 15%
forestry 65%
hunting 90%
tourism/recreation -
water management -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Turia canyon and Los Serranos. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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