Saltwater lagoons and saltmarshes with reedbeds (Phragmites), abandoned salinas and orchards.
The site holds 20,000 or more waterbirds on passage and in winter, on a regular basis. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Tetrax tetrax (breeding, passage).
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Etangs Montpellierains. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/03/2019.