Cinca river rice fields and steppe area

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
Common Crane Grus grus LC passage 1996 300-2,000 individuals A4i, B1i, C2
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus LC breeding 1996 250-350 breeding pairs A4i, B1i, C2, C6
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus LC resident 1996 15 breeding pairs C6
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus LC winter 2006 min 17 individuals C6
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus LC breeding 1996 10-15 breeding pairs C6
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster LC breeding 1996 300 breeding pairs B2

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


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams, Water fringe vegetation -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Cinca river rice fields and steppe area. Downloaded from on 28/09/2023.