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Location France, Midi-Pyrénées
Central coordinates 0o 36.00' East  42o 44.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 9,600 ha
Altitude 826 - 3,116m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description A mountainous area in the Pyrenees with cliffs, alpine grassland, arable land and woodlands.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Western Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus breeding  1991  100-500 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Grey Partridge Perdix perdix breeding  1991  100-500 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus breeding  1991  1 breeding pairs  B2  Near Threatened 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax breeding  1996  5-10 breeding pairs  C6  Near Threatened 
Dendrocopos leucotos breeding  1991  1-10 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
FR209 Hunting Reserve 1,000 protected area contained by site 1,000  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  50%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland  40%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  9%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  -

Land use

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

Protection status National Partial International None1,000 ha of IBA covered by Hunting Reserve (1,000 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Vallées du Lis et de la Pique. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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