Mouth of the river Guadalhorce

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
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

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)
Desembocadura del Guadalhorce Paraje Natural 67 protected area overlaps with site 67


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest -
Shrubland Scrub -
Grassland Humid grasslands, Mesophile grasslands -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Standing brackish and salt water, Rivers and streams, Water fringe vegetation -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Forestry plantations -
Coastline Sand dunes & beaches, Lagoons -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mouth of the river Guadalhorce. Downloaded from on 24/03/2023.