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Location Spain, Andalucía
Central coordinates 7o 5.00' West  37o 55.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4ii, B1iii, B2, C1, C2, C6
Area 48,000 ha
Altitude 250 - 657m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description An area of hills with slopes covered by scrub, Quercus woodland and Eucalyptus and Pinus plantations. Dehesas occupy the northern section of the site. The main human activities are forestry and hunting.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for breeding raptors, particularly for Aegypius monachus. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aquila adalberti (non-breeding).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus resident  1996  61-80 breeding pairs  good  A1, A4ii, B1iii, B2, C1, C2, C6  Near Threatened 
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus breeding  1996  20 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus non-breeding  1996  300 individuals  medium  B1iii, C2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
MINA CARPIO - ES6150025 Habitats Directive 11 protected area contained by site 11  
PEÑAS DE AROCHE - ES6150007 Birds Directive 725 protected area contained by site 725  
Picos de Aroche Natural Landscape 718 protected area contained by site 718  
RIVERA DE CHANZA - ES6150022 Habitats Directive 70 protected area overlaps with site 6  
Sierra Pelada y Rivera del Aserador Natural Landscape 12,980 protected area contained by site 12,980  
SIERRA PELADA Y RIVERA DEL ASERRADOR - ES0000052 Birds Directive 12,305 protected area contained by site 12,305  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Broadleaved evergreen woodland  -
Shrubland Scrub  -
Artificial - terrestrial Forestry plantations  26%

Land use

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

Protection status National Partial International Partial718 ha of IBA covered by Natural Landscape (Picos de Aroche, 718 ha). 12,980 ha of IBA covered by Natural Landscape (Sierra Pelada y Rivera del Aserador, 12,980 ha). 12,980 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Sierra Pelada y Rivera del Aserrador, 12,980 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sierra Pelada mountain range. Downloaded from on 26/04/2015

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