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Location Spain, Andalucía
Central coordinates 3o 2.00' West  35o 57.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2, C1, C2, C6
Area 66,220 ha
Altitude 0 - 19m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A small volcanic island with cliffs and two beaches.

Key Biodiversity An important area for breeding seabirds and migrating passerines.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Audouin's Gull Larus audouinii resident  1996  160 breeding pairs  good  A1, A4i, B1i, B2, C1, C2, C6  Near Threatened 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Scrub  -
Coastline Rock stacks and islets; Sea cliffs and rocky shores  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 30%
military 70%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Alborán island. Downloaded from on 05/10/2015

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