La Janda

Country/territory: Spain

IBA Criteria met: A4i, A4iv, B1i, B1iv, B2, C2, C3, C5 (2011)
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Area: 20,000 ha

Protection status:


Site description
The site includes a large expanse of land devoted to agriculture and cattle ranching, with large drainage channels that retain some aquatic vegetation. Many areas flood in winter.

Key biodiversity
This is an important site for migrant raptors and storks and foraging area for dispersing juvenile raptors. It is also a major migratory bottleneck, where about 85,000 Ciconia ciconia pass regularly in spring. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aquila adalberti (non-breeding), Tetrax tetrax (35 resident pairs) and Otis tarda (4 resident pairs).

Raptors MOU - IBA listed under Table 3 of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: La Janda. Downloaded from on 18/01/2021.