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Location France, Rhône-Alpes
Central coordinates 4o 25.00' East  44o 44.00' North
IBA criteria A4iv, B1i, B1iv, C2, C5
Area 4,600 ha
Altitude 790 m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description A mountain pass with moorland and woodlots.

Key Biodiversity The site is a major migratory bottleneck, where more than 20,000 raptors regularly pass (including Pernis apivorus 10,000; Milvus migrans 10,000).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Crane Grus grus passage  1991  500-1,000 individuals  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes passage  1991  20,000 individuals  A4iv, B1iv, C5   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 5%
forestry -
hunting 95%
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Col de l'Escrinet. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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