Etang de Capestang

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2000 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
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

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2000).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
√Čtang de Capestang Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 1,374 is identical to site 1,360


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Water fringe vegetation -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Etang de Capestang. Downloaded from on 02/10/2023.