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Location France, Aquitaine
Central coordinates 1o 36.00' West  43o 16.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B1iv, C2, C3, C5, C6
Area 1,500 ha
Altitude 100 - 700m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description A lower montane area with broadleaved forests (Quercus and Fagus) and heathland.

Key Biodiversity The site is a migratory bottleneck, where more than 3,000 cranes and 3,000 raptors regularly pass (including Pernis apivorus 2,500; Milvus milvus 3,500; Grus grus 15,000).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greylag Goose Anser anser passage  1991  1,000-10,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus passage  1991  1,000-15,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes passage  1991  4,000-21,600 individuals  B1iv, C5   
Osprey Pandion haliaetus passage  1991  10-50 individuals  C6  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  -
Shrubland Heathland  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry -
hunting -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Col de Lizarrieta. Downloaded from on 28/11/2015

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