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Location Spain, Castilla y León
Central coordinates 2o 48.00' West  41o 18.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, C1, C2, C6
Area 29,000 ha
Altitude 1,100 - 1,313m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description A deforested limestone plain in southern Soria, with small cliffs along rivers and streams. The site is dominated by non-irrigated cereal crops with some low scrub and dry grassland.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Bustard Otis tarda non-breeding  1996  46-50 individuals  good  A1, C1  Vulnerable 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax resident  1995  60 breeding pairs  good  C6  Near Threatened 
Burhinus oedicnemus resident  1996  50 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Black-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles orientalis resident  1992  150 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Dupont's Lark Chersophilus duponti resident  1992  2,200 breeding pairs  good  B2, C2, C6  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
ALTOS DE BARAHONA - ES0000203 Birds Directive 42,899 protected area contains site 29,000  
ALTOS DE BARAHONA - ES4170148 Habitats Directive 43,920 protected area contains site 29,000  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved evergreen woodland  10%
Shrubland Scrub  -
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  60%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  30%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 100%
hunting 90%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Altos de Barahona high moor. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 01/10/2014

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