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Location Spain, Murcia
Central coordinates 1o 51.00' West  37o 45.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 42,000 ha
Altitude 400 - 1,494m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description Mountains, in the west of the Murcia region, with Pinus, Quercus and Juniperus woodland, steppic habitats and non-irrigated crops. Agriculture, forestry, mining and hunting are the most important human activities.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Falco peregrinus resident  1991  8 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos resident  1996  7-8 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus breeding  1991  11 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus breeding  1991  8 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo resident  1995  15 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax resident  1992  100 breeding pairs  poor  B2, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Casa Alta-Las Salinas - ES6200020 Habitats Directive 3,797 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Lomas del Buitre y R Habitats Directive 4,100 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Sierra de la Torrecilla - ES6200047 Habitats Directive 3,535 protected area contained by site 3,535  
Sierra del Gigante - ES6200022 Habitats Directive 3,595 protected area contained by site 3,595  
SIERRA DEL OSO - ES6110004 Habitats Directive 12,017 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
SIERRA MARIA - LOS VELEZ - ES6110003 Birds Directive 22,589 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
SIERRAS DEL GIGANTE-PERYCAI, LOMAS DEL BUITRE-RIO LUCHENA Y SIERRA DE LA TORRECILLA - ES0000262 Birds Directive 25,390 protected area overlaps with site 19,956  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Native coniferous woodland  26%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis; Scrub  26%
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -
Artificial - terrestrial Forestry plantations; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land  -

Land use

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

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Torrecilla and Gigante mountain ranges. Downloaded from on 22/10/2014

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