IBA criteria met: A4i, A4iv, B1i, B1iv, B2, C2, C3, C5, C6 (2000)
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Area: 218,160 ha
Site description (baseline)
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 (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Etangs de Leucate et Lapalme. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/2285 on 29/05/2023.