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Location France, Aquitaine
Central coordinates 1o 10.00' West  43o 4.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 6,450 ha
Altitude 400 - 1,345m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description A mountain area with deciduous and conifer forests, cliffs and rocky slopes, meadows, cultivated fields, peatbogs and rivers.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for breeding raptors, including Gypaetus barbatus.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Falco peregrinus breeding  1991  3 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  1991  3 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Endangered 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
FORET D'IRATY - FR7200753 Habitats Directive 2,500 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Haute Cize : Pic d'Herrozate et forêt d'Orion - FR7212015 Birds Directive 6,388 protected area contained by site 6,388  
Haute Soule : Forêt d'Iraty, Orgambidexka et Pic des Escaliers. - FR7212005 Birds Directive 5,583 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
LA NIVE - FR7200786 Habitats Directive 11,010 protected area overlaps with site 466  
MONTAGNES DE SAINT-JEAN-PIED-DE-PORT - FR7200754 Habitats Directive 12,567 protected area overlaps with site 5,943  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Native coniferous woodland  -
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs; Rivers and streams  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Haute Cize : Pic d'Errozate et Forêt d'Orion. Downloaded from on 05/03/2015

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