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Location Spain, Murcia
Central coordinates 1o 40.00' West  38o 15.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 22,000 ha
Altitude 400 - 826m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description An area of low semi-arid hills with arable crops, some scrub and reedbeds (Phragmites) around a reservoir.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for species characteristic of open and scrub-dominated habitats. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Falco naumanni (breeding) and Tetrax tetrax (breeding).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1996  6 breeding pairs  poor  C6  Least Concern 
Burhinus oedicnemus breeding  1996  220 breeding pairs  poor  B2, C6  Not Recognised 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Scrub  26%
Wetlands (inland)   -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  26%

Land use

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

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Quipar reservoir, Molino mountain range and Cagitán plains. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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