Montes Aquilanos range

Site description (2000 baseline):

Site location and context
A mountainous area comprising the Montes Aquilanos and the Sierra del Teleno ranges. The vegetation is a mixture of deciduous and mixed forest, scrub, Pinus plantations and alpine grasslands. Human activities include hunting and forestry.

Key biodiversity
This is an important area for cliff-nesting raptors and forest birds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Falco naumanni (100 non-breeding individuals).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats are from frequent fires, development of skiing infra-structure, hydro-power schemes and the afforestation of grasslands.

Protected areas
National Low International Partial1,115 ha of IBA covered by Natural Monument (Las Médulas, 1,115 ha). IBA overlaps with World Heritage Site (Las Médulas).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Montes Aquilanos range. Downloaded from on 27/02/2024.