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Location France, Languedoc-Roussillon
Central coordinates 3o 4.00' East  43o 18.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C2, C6
Area 1,360 ha
Altitude 0 - 3m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux



Site description A lake and marshes with aquatic vegetation.

Key Biodiversity The site is particularly important for species found in reedbeds (Phragmites).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  1997  5-10 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris breeding  1997  5-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea breeding  1990  150 breeding pairs  B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida breeding  1997  20-30 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Moustached Warbler Acrocephalus melanopogon breeding  1997  40-250 breeding pairs  C2, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
ETANG DE CAPESTANG - FR9112016 Birds Directive 1,374 is identical to site 1,360  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -

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 (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Etang de Capestang. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/11/2014

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