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FLORA AND FAUNA IN WET AREAS IN EXTREMADURA

Extremadura has a rich variety of natural spaces, with water being the protagonist in most of them. In these spaces, there is a great wealth of flora and fauna.

FAUNA

White StorkThis animal is typical in the north of Cáceres.Its plumage is mainly white, with black on its wings. As a carnivore, the white stork eats a wide range of animal prey, including insects, fish, reptiles...

Common FrogWe can find this animal in all kinds of ponds, lagoons, rivers, and streams. It feeds mainly on insects, worms, and mollusks, mainly in its land foray or in shallow waters.

Common FrogWe can find this animal in all kinds of ponds, lagoons, rivers, and streams. It feeds mainly on insects, worms, and mollusks, mainly in its land foray or in shallow waters.

It is very abundant in Extremadura. We can find them in the Orellana reservoir (Badajoz), for example.They can be quite big and they can resist different climates. Even, they can live up to 65 years more or less. They eat aquatic plants apart from insects, crustaceans, and zooplankton.

Common Carp

Lesser KestrelIt is a species of falconiform bird in the family Falconidae.It is about 40 cm long, with a bulging head, beak and strong black nails, and reddish plumage darker on the back than on the chest and stained black.

Dragon FlyA fast-flying long-bodied predatory insect with two pairs of large transparent wings that are spread out sideways at rest. The voracious aquatic larvae take up to five years to reach adulthood.

Spoonbills are a genus, Platalea, of large, long-legged wading birds. Six species are recognized, which although usually placed in a single genus have sometimes been split into three genera.

Spoonbils

The Iberian imperial eagle is a species of accipitriform bird of the Accipitridae family. It is one of the endemic birds of the Iberian Peninsula. It lives in mountainous and Mediterranean forest areas.

Iberian Imperial Eagle

Iberian LynxIt is a species of carnivorous mammal of the Felidae family, endemic to the Iberian Peninsula.It is the most threatened feline on the planet as currently there are less than 800 specimens that fight against extinction.

CranesA large wading bird of the family Gruidae, characterized by long legs, bill, and neck and an elevated hind toe.

FLORA

Cork OakIt is a tree with a twisted trunk, thick bark, which is usually used for the manufacture of corks, stoppers, insulation, naval applications, and fabrics.

Holm OakIs a tree with a strong and thick trunk, a large, round and tight crown, gray and smooth bark, evergreen and alternate leaves with a serrated margin, and whose fruit is an acorn; can reach 25 m in height.

Shrub with reddish-brown branches, elongated leaves, large flowers with the white corolla, and capsule fruit. It can reach up to 2.5 m in height.

Rockrose

Extremadura has three biosphere reserves and a geopark, appointed by Unesco.

Monfragüe National Park.Is one of the fifteen national parks that exist in Spain. It is located in the province of Cáceres, and it is the first national park in Extremadura. Two rivers cross the park, the Tagus and the Tiétar. It was declared a natural park on April 4, 1979.

International Tajo Natural ParkThe International Tagus Natural Park is the name used to designate two protected natural spaces with identical characteristics but with different management. One in the province of Cáceres, Autonomous Community of Extremadura, Spain, and another in the district of Castelo Branco, Centro Region, Portugal

Siberia Biosphere Reserve.Siberia welcomes the visitor with its pastures, plains, mountains, and large reservoirs on the Guadiana and Zújar rivers. It is a territory with outstanding biodiversity, a true paradise for lovers of nature, fishing, hunting, water sports, hiking, and mountain biking.

Villuercas-Ibores-Jara Geopark.Is a geopark in Extremadura that includes the entire territory of the Las Villuercas, Los Ibores and La Jara region of Cáceres. It is located in the east of the province of Cáceres, and limits to the east with Castilla-La Mancha.

flora and fauna in wet areas of extremadura