Plains of Mareta-Hoya de la Yegua

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2011

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Black-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles orientalis LC resident 2009 - C6
African Houbara Chlamydotis undulata VU resident 2006 16-59 individuals A1, B2, C1, C2, C6
Cream-coloured Courser Cursorius cursor LC resident 2006 min 30 individuals A4i, B1i, B2, C2
Berthelot's Pipit Anthus berthelotii LC resident 2009 - B3
Trumpeter Finch Bucanetes githagineus LC resident 2009 - C6

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Los Ajaches Monumento Natural 2,961 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Los Ajaches Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 2,961 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Llanos de La Mareta y cantil del Rubicón Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 2,395 protected area overlaps with site 2,395
Espacio marino de La Bocayna Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 83,413 protected area is adjacent to site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland -
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland -
Desert Semidesert -
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
military -
tourism/recreation -
agriculture -
hunting -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Plains of Mareta-Hoya de la Yegua. Downloaded from on 02/12/2021.