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Location France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Central coordinates 4o 58.00' East  43o 28.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, C2, C3, C6
Area 1,250 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description Brackish marshes and lagoons with canals, reedbeds (Phragmites), dry and wet meadows and garrigue.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for breeding and wintering waterbirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (wintering).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Pochard Aythya ferina winter  1997  2,232-12,559 individuals  B1i, C3  Vulnerable 
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula winter  1997  2,116-6,125 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis winter  1997  5-6,415 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis passage  1997  3,000-4,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus winter  1997  325-1,807 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo winter  1997  4-1,730 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Himantopus himantopus breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Himantopus himantopus passage  1991  100-500 individuals  B1i, C2  Not Recognised 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta breeding  1997  10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Larus cachinnans winter  1997  453-5,768 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Not Recognised 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  -
Grassland Mesophile grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Coastline Lagoons  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 10%
hunting -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Etangs de Citis, Lavalduc, Engrenier, Pourra, l'Estomac, Fos et salines de Rassuen et de Fos. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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