Etang de Capestang

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2000

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris LC breeding 1997 5-10 breeding pairs C6
Common Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus LC breeding 1997 5-10 breeding pairs C6
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea LC breeding 1990 150 breeding pairs B2, C2, C6
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida LC breeding 1997 20-30 breeding pairs B2, C6
Moustached Warbler Acrocephalus melanopogon LC breeding 1997 40-250 breeding pairs C2, C6

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)
√Čtang de Capestang Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 1,374 is identical to site 1,360


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Water fringe vegetation -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Etang de Capestang. Downloaded from on 09/08/2022.