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Location Spain, Comunidad de Madrid
Central coordinates 3o 18.00' West  40o 19.00' North
IBA criteria A1, C1, C6
Area 8,000 ha
Altitude 700 - 800m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description An area of steppe to the east of Madrid with extensive arable cultivation and also olive-groves, vineyards and patches of scrub.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Bustard Otis tarda resident  1997  80-120 breeding pairs  good  A1, C1, C6  Vulnerable 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax resident  1997  160-300 breeding pairs  good  A1, C1, C6  Near Threatened 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  5%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land  95%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 80%
hunting 100%
urban/industrial/transport 20%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Alcarria de Alcalá steppes. Downloaded from on 25/10/2014

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