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Location Algeria, El Kala
Central coordinates 8o 7.00' East  36o 47.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i
Area 120 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description This site (like Bou Redim, site DZ004) also lies in the flood-plain of the Oued El Kebir, c.20 km west of Lac Oubeïra (site DZ001) and just east of Marais de Mekhada (site DZ006). It consists of a small, permanent freshwater lake with a maximum depth of 2.5 m. The edges of the lake slope fairly steeply and there is a wide band of Scirpus lacustris (up to 5 m) around the edge, leading to open water in the centre, with submerged vegetation dominated by Ceratophyllum demersum, Myriophyllum sp. and Potamogeton sp., with Ranunculus sp., Phragmites sp. and Eleocharis sp. The lake is rich in quantity and quality of flora (200 species recorded) and also has a diverse insect (especially Odonata) and amphibian fauna. To the north of the site there is extensive grazed pasture and arable land.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata winter  1986  7,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca winter  2001  frequent  A1  Near Threatened 
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala winter  1992  209 individuals  A1, A4i  Endangered 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
La Réserve Naturelle du Lac des Oiseaux Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 120 is identical to site 120  

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Boumezbeur (1992), Chalabi et al. (1995), Chown and Linsley (1994), Heredia et al. (1996), Morgan (1982), Skinner and Smart (1984), Stevenson et al. (1988), van Dijk and Ledant (1983).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lac des Oiseaux / Garaet et Touyour. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 02/08/2014

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