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Location Spain, Extremadura
Central coordinates 6o 0.00' West  38o 50.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B1i, B2, C1, C2
Area 31,000 ha
Altitude 200 - 425m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description An area of plains south of the River Guadiana, in central Badajoz. The site is dominated by arable agriculture and dehesas.

Key Biodiversity This site is important for wintering Grus grus

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Bustard Otis tarda resident  1996  50-60 breeding pairs  medium  A1, C1  Vulnerable 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax resident  1996  800 breeding pairs  medium  A1, B2, C1  Near Threatened 
Common Crane Grus grus winter  1995  620-1,302 individuals  medium  B1i, C2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
COLONIAS DE CERNICALO PRIMILLA DE GUAREÑA - ES0000404 Birds Directive 17 protected area contained by site 17  
LA SERENA - ES4310010 Habitats Directive 144,512 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
LA SERENA Y SIERRAS PERIFÉRICAS - ES0000367 Birds Directive 153,702 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
RIO GUADAMEZ - ES4310024 Habitats Directive 1,588 protected area overlaps with site 320  
RIO GUADIANA ALTO - ZUJAR - ES4310026 Habitats Directive 7,698 protected area overlaps with site 2,508  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved evergreen woodland  26%
Shrubland   -
Grassland   -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  26%

Land use

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

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Don Benito-Guareña. Downloaded from on 18/04/2015

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