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Location Spain, Extremadura
Central coordinates 6o 15.00' West  38o 40.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B1i, B2, C1, C2
Area 66,500 ha
Altitude 275 - 677m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description An area of plains, in the centre of the province of Badajoz, dominated by cereal cultivation and dehesas.

Key Biodiversity An important area for raptors, steppic species, and wintering Grus grus.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciata resident  1995  6 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Great Bustard Otis tarda resident  1996  36-100 breeding pairs  medium  A1, C1  Vulnerable 
Common Crane Grus grus winter  1995  647-1,852 individuals  good  B1i, C2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
COLONIAS DE CERNICALO PRIMILLA DE RIVERA DEL FRESNO - ES0000432 Birds Directive 27 protected area overlaps with site 11  
RIO PALOMILLAS - ES4310065 Habitats Directive 396 protected area overlaps with site 109  
SIERRA GRANDE DE HORNACHOS - ES0000072 Birds Directive 12,190 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
SIERRAS CENTRALES Y EMBALSE DE ALANGE - ES0000334 Birds Directive 16,571 protected area overlaps with site 13,850  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved evergreen woodland  26%
Shrubland   -
Grassland   -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  26%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 100%
water management -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Alange. Downloaded from on 25/04/2015

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