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Location Spain, Andalucía
Central coordinates 5o 10.00' West  37o 25.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4ii, B1iii, B2, C1, C2, C6
Area 62,200 ha
Altitude 50 - 307m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A plain, dominated by cereal cultivation, in the Guadalquivir valley. There are patches of dehesa, olive-groves and a complex of saline lakes.

Key Biodiversity This is an important area for steppic species. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Oxyura leucocephala (non-breeding) and Tetrax tetrax (20 resident pairs).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni breeding  1996  306 breeding pairs  medium  A1, A4ii, B1iii, B2, C1, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Great Bustard Otis tarda resident  1996  50 breeding pairs  medium  A1, C1, C6  Vulnerable 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved evergreen woodland  26%
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  26%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 75%
hunting 70%

Protection status National Low International None66 ha of IBA covered by Natural Reserve (Complejo Endorreico de la Lantejuela, 66 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Ecija-Osuna plain. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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