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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.

Key Biodiversity This is an important area for cliff-nesting birds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Falco naumanni (breeding).

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 
Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus breeding  1991  8 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Circaetus gallicus breeding  1991  11 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
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 


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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Torrecilla and Gigante mountain ranges. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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