The area contains beaches, sand-dunes, islands, saltwater lagoons and marshes, mudflats, woodland, maquis and cliffs.
The site holds 20,000 or more waterbirds in winter, on a regular basis (including Phoenicopterus ruber 3,338; Anas platyrhynchos 2,520; Aythya ferina 2,200; Fulica atra 20,000). The site is a migratory bottleneck, where more than 3,000 raptors regularly pass (including Pernis apivorus 2,000; Milvus migrans 3,000). Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aquila clanga (passage, wintering); Larus audouinii (passage).
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Etangs Narbonnais. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/09/2021.