Mouth of the river Guadalhorce

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2011 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala EN resident 2009 min 14 breeding pairs A1, B1i, B2, C1, C2
Black Stork Ciconia nigra LC passage 1997 20 individuals B1i, C2
Common Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus LC breeding 1996 6 breeding pairs C6
Audouin's Gull Larus audouinii VU passage 1996 227-412 individuals A1, C1

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2011).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Desembocadura del Guadalhorce Paraje Natural 67 protected area overlaps with site 67


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest -
Shrubland Scrub -
Grassland Humid grasslands, Mesophile grasslands -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Forestry plantations -
Marine Intertidal -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Mouth of the river Guadalhorce. Downloaded from on 04/12/2023.