Fauna in Corbières

Fauna in Corbières country

Field birds

the more common are: skylark, goldfinch, blackbird, nightingale, twit, red-legged partridge… (http://www.oiseaux.net)

Birds of prey

buzzard, common kestrel, northern goshawk, kite, owl, tawny owl…

Hillside mammals

polecat, badger, weasel, fox, hedgehog, and for the hunters: hare, rabbit and an increasing population of wild boar.

River fish

barbel, gudgeon.

Reptiles

grass snake, eyed lizard, wall lizard.

Caterpillars

including the magnificent spurge hawk moth.

Insects

grasshopper, dragonfly, rhinoceros beetle...

Amphibians/batrachians

tree frog, common toad…

Snails

are still present in large quantity and are used in the regional cooking recipes e.g. in a sauce with ham or grilled.

NB: Mount Alaric is a natural zone of ecological interest by its biodiversity (listed as a “ZNIEFF”: Zone Naturelle d’Intérêt Ecologique Faunistique et Floristique) which plays an important role in bird conservation (listed as a “ZICO”: Zone Importante pour la Conservation des Oiseaux).

grass-snake

grass-snake


spurge hawk moth

spurge hawk moth


common kestrel

common kestrel