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Location Spain, Murcia
Central coordinates 2o 0.00' West  38o 15.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 21,000 ha
Altitude 500 - 1,475m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A group of limestone mountains crossed by deep valleys. There is cultivation in the valleys and mixed forest, Quercus forest and scrub in the mountains. The main human activity is livestock-farming.

Key Biodiversity This is an important area for species characteristic of Mediterranean forest and scrub.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Falco peregrinus resident  1996  10 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos resident  1996  5 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus breeding  1994  7 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
SIERRA DE ALCARAZ Y SEGURA Y CAÑONES DEL SEGURA Y DEL MUNDO - ES4210008 Habitats Directive 174,881 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Sierra de la Muela - ES6200018 Habitats Directive 10,869 protected area overlaps with site 5,524  
SIERRA DE MORATALLA - ES0000266 Birds Directive 21,513 protected area overlaps with site 17,710  
Sierras y Vega Alta del Segura y R Habitats Directive 10,896 protected area is adjacent to site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved evergreen woodland; Native coniferous woodland  26%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  26%
Coastline Inland cliffs  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  26%

Land use

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

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Moratalla mountain range. Downloaded from on 06/05/2015

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