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Location Algeria
Central coordinates 6o 28.00' East  35o 44.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii
Area 6,000 ha
Altitude 825 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Site description The site lies about 13 km west of the small town of Boulehilet, north-east of Batna on the plateau between the coastal Petite Kabylie range of mountains to the north and the Massif de l’Aurès to the south. It is c.15 km south of Sebkhet Ez-Zemoul (site DZ012). The site consists of a shallow muddy basin and is defined by Morgan (1982) as a vegetated sebkhet, with unusually high salinity for this kind of wetland: it is dry for at least two months of the year. Vegetation includes a wide (up to 100 m) fringe of Salicornia sp. covering almost all the shoreline, some areas of Juncus sp. above the Salicornia fringe and scattered Ruppia sp. Non-intensive arable farmland, market gardens and low hills surround it to the north. There is extensive cattle- and sheep-grazing in the surrounding hills and some hunting on the site.

Key Biodiversity See Box for key species. The site is important for large numbers of wintering ducks and waders, with estimates of total numbers of ducks in winter 1991/92 exceeding 10,000 and 14,000–15,000. More than 20,000 total waterbirds have been recorded at the site (20,402 in 1992). More than 3,000 Phoenicopterus ruber were recorded in 1998 (see Box). In addition to Anas clypeata, the principal ducks are Tadorna tadorna (3,000), A. penelope (5,500), A. crecca (over 3,000), A. platyrhynchos (3,500) and A. acuta (3,000). Other species wintering in significant numbers include 4,000 Fulica atra, 300 Grus grus, 780 Recurvirostra avosetta and hundreds of small waders, especially Charadrius alexandrinus (see Box) and Calidris minuta.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata winter  1992  9,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus winter  1998  3,200 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Charadrius alexandrinus winter  1992  1,000 individuals  A4i  Not Recognised 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1992-1998  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
unknown -

References Bellamy et al. (1990), Chown and Linsley (1994), Morgan (1982).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Sebkhet Djendli. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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