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Location Spain, Andalucía
Central coordinates 6o 50.00' West  38o 0.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, B1iii, C2
Area 35,000 ha
Altitude 400 - 712m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A mountainous area, north-west of Huelva, with deep gullies and river canyons. Vegetation includes dehesas, Pinus and Eucalyptus plantations, scrub and riverine vegetation around the Rivers Chanza and Múrtigas.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for breeding and dispersing raptors and Ciconia nigra. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aegypius monachus (resident) and Aquila adalberti (4 non-breeding individuals).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra passage  1997  30 individuals  medium  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus non-breeding  1997  200 individuals  medium  B1iii, C2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche Nature Park 184,000 protected area overlaps with site 30,000  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved evergreen woodland  26%
Shrubland   -
Grassland   -
Artificial - terrestrial Forestry plantations  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 26%
hunting -
agriculture -

Protection status National Partial International Partial30,000 ha of IBA covered by Natural Park (Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche, 184,000 ha). 30,000 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche, 184,000 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Las Contiendas mountain range. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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