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Location France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Central coordinates 4o 54.00' East  43o 44.00' North
IBA criteria B2, B3, C6
Area 21,800 ha
Altitude 30 - 481m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description Mediterranean mountains, cliffs, and hills with maquis, woodlands and arable fields.

Key Biodiversity This area is important for breeding raptors and Mediterranean avifauna. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Tetrax tetrax (1-10 breeding pairs).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  1991  5 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Endangered 
Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciata breeding  1996  2 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Eurasian Scops-owl Otus scops breeding  1991  10-15 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo breeding  1991  45 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  1991  100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Wood Lark Lullula arborea breeding  1991  100-200 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans breeding  1991  1,000 breeding pairs  B3  Least Concern 
Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata breeding  1991  1,000 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Near Threatened 
Blue Rock-thrush Monticola solitarius breeding  1991  10-15 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved evergreen woodland; Native coniferous woodland  -
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  -
Caves and subterranean habitats (non-aquatic) Caves  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 20%
forestry -
hunting 100%
tourism/recreation 70%
urban/industrial/transport 40%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Chaîne des Alpilles. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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