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Location Spain, Castilla-La Mancha
Central coordinates 2o 41.00' West  39o 52.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B3, C2, C6
Area 24,000 ha
Altitude 835 m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A seasonal lagoon surrounded by cereal crops and patches of grassland.

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

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Crane Grus grus passage  1994  9,950 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Himantopus himantopus breeding  1997  272-286 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i, C2, C6  Not Recognised 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta breeding  1997  109-149 breeding pairs  good  B3, C6  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  100%

Land use

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

Protection status National None International Partial915 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (El Hito, 915 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: El Hito. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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