Biodiversity and Habitat
Having colonized every corner of the planet is not something trivial at all: the more than 10,000 species of birds that populate the five continents show us the enormous variety and richness of this animal group, and in the Daroca Region we are in luck.
With their presence and absence, birds are perhaps one of the best bioindicators that we have, and therefore, the enormous diversity and ornithological wealth of our region is one of our best kept treasures.
The great variety of natural environments and ecosystems of our territory, favor that in a few kilometers of distance very different habitats succeed one another where we can find a great variety of species , with their different peculiarities and adaptations.
Broadly speaking, the territories and habitats that we can find for bird watching in the Daroca Region are:
1. Rocky habitats: characterized by its rocky walls and vertical cuts, such as the Hoces del Río Piedra , the Hoces del Huerva or the surroundings of Daroca . Here we can find species such as the Griffon vulture, Egyptian vultures, golden eagles, peregrine falcons, red-billed chough, solitary rockers, royal owls, etc.
2. Wetlands and lagoons: one of the jewels in the crown, such as the Gallocanta Lagoon and its entire hydrographic basin, where the seasonality of its waters sets the standard. Spaces such as Laguna de Gallocanta itself , Laguna de la Zaida , or Laguna de Guialguerrero , where we can find countless resident, nesting and passing species, such as the common crane, stilts, grebes, avocets, coots, harriers, herons, fighters etc.
3. Steppe habitats: characterized by large and extensive plains, sparse vegetation and large temperature fluctuations. The entire area of the Campo de Romanos plateau and the surroundings of the Gallocanta Lagoon are favorable places to observe birds that are so unique and adapted to their environment such as bustards, little bustards, curlews, barnacles or larks and larks. Including the rare and endangered ricoti or Dupont lark.
4. Forest habitats: characterized by the Mediterranean forest of the Iberian Zaragozana and the reforestation pine forests, such as those found in the Sierra de Santa Cruz, Sierra Modorra, the Sierra de Herrera or the extensive pine forest shared by Daroca, Manchones and Murero . Sierras and forests that can touch the 1,500 m of maximum altitude and where we will be able to observe species like the booted eagle, the goshawk, crossbills, agateadores or the endangered Bonelli's eagle.
5. Riparian forests: where poplars, willows, alders and other vegetation guard and protect the riverbed, and all the rich biodiversity that lives in them. The banks of the Jiloca, the Huerva or the ever-seasonal Piedra River , will be favorable places to observe woodpecker peaks, blue tit, chickadee, kingfishers, wren, rails, hawks, etc.
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Consult the ornithology brochures: