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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 
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 (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Torrecilla and Gigante mountain ranges. Downloaded from on 06/03/2015

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