A complex of coastal habitats, including saltmarshes and lagoons.
The site is very important for breeding and wintering wetland birds and passage raptors and passerines. The site is a major migratory bottleneck, where 20,000 or more raptors regularly pass (including Pernis apivorus 15,000; Milvus migrans 3,000). Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Larus audouinii (passage).
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Etangs de Leucate et Lapalme. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/04/2019.