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Location Spain, Andalucía
Central coordinates 3o 10.00' West  37o 25.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C2, C6
Area 47,000 ha
Altitude 650 - 1,100m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A semi-arid area with non-irrigated cereal crops, open Quercus woodland and extensive areas of low scrub and dry grasslands.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Burhinus oedicnemus resident  1995  150 breeding pairs  poor  C6  Not Recognised 
Black-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles orientalis resident  1995  150 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Least Concern 
European Roller Coracias garrulus breeding  1995  40 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Near Threatened 
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax resident  1995  100 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Calandra Lark Melanocorypha calandra resident  1995  abundant  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla breeding  1995  common  B2  Least Concern 
Black Wheatear Oenanthe leucura resident  1995  300 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
RIO GUADIANA MENOR - TRAMO SUPERIOR - ES6160015 Habitats Directive 32 protected area overlaps with site 16  
SIERRA DE BAZA - ES6140001 Habitats Directive 53,649 protected area is adjacent to site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Caves and subterranean habitats (non-aquatic) Caves  -
Desert Semidesert  26%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 40%
hunting 26%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hoya de Guadix. Downloaded from on 24/10/2014

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