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Location Spain, País Valenciano
Central coordinates 0o 15.00' West  39o 35.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C3, C6
Area 350 ha
Altitude 0 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A small wetland with abundant water-fringe vegetation. Formerly a coastal lagoon, the site now contains salt and freshwater marshes, rice-fields and reedbeds (Phragmites).

Key Biodiversity An important area for breeding herons, ducks and waders.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris breeding  1996  2 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Vulnerable 
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina breeding  1996  119 breeding pairs  good  B1i, B2, C3  Least Concern 
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  1996  30 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Not Recognised 
Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio resident  1996  18 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Himantopus himantopus breeding  1996  86-300 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i, C2, C6  Not Recognised 
Charadrius alexandrinus breeding  1996  56 breeding pairs  good  B2  Not Recognised 
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola breeding  1996  13-15 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida breeding  1996  108 breeding pairs  good  B1i, B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  10%
Coastline Shingle & stony beaches  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 10%
hunting 90%

Protection status National None International High350 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Marjal del Moro, 350 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: El Moro marshes. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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