The site includes both mountains and plains south-east of the city of Murcia. The vegetation is mainly Pinus forest, scrub and steppe habitats.
This is an important area for dispersing juvenile raptors and also for steppic species. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aegypius monachus (passage), Aquila clanga (passage) and Falco naumanni (14 wintering individuals).
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: El Valle, Altaona and Escalona mountains. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 09/07/2020.