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Location Spain, Aragón
Central coordinates 0o 3.00' East  41o 50.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C6
Area 14,400 ha
Altitude 200 - 300m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description An area of irrigated rice and cereal cultivation crossed by three gullies with reedbeds (Phragmites). A small area of natural steppe vegetation remains.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for breeding waders, raptors and passage Grus grus.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni breeding  1996  36 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1996  10-15 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus resident  1996  15 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus passage  1996  300-2,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Himantopus himantopus breeding  1996  250-350 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i, C2, C6  Not Recognised 
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster breeding  1996  300 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Water fringe vegetation  10%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  90%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 80%
hunting 100%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Cinca river rice fields and steppe area. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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