Etangs Narbonnais

Country/territory: France

IBA criteria met: A4i, A4iii, B1i, B1iv, B2, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6 (2000)
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Area: 10,600 ha

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description (2000 baseline)
The area contains beaches, sand-dunes, islands, saltwater lagoons and marshes, mudflats, woodland, maquis and cliffs.

Key biodiversity
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).

Raptors MOU - IBA listed under Table 3 of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Etangs Narbonnais. Downloaded from on 03/12/2023.