El Valle, Altaona and Escalona mountains

Country/territory: Spain

IBA criteria met: A1, B1iii, C1, C2, C6 (2011)
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Area: 27,759 ha


Site description (baseline)
The site includes both mountains and plains south-east of the city of Murcia. The vegetation is mainly Pinus forest, scrub and steppe habitats.

Key biodiversity
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).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: El Valle, Altaona and Escalona mountains. Downloaded from on 10/06/2023.