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Location Algeria, Oran
Central coordinates 1o 7.00' West  35o 44.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 40 ha
Altitude 0 - 103m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Site description The site consists of two rocky islands lying 12 km west of the Algerian coastline just below the headland known as ‘Les Andalouses’ (which itself lies 45 km west of Oran). The larger island is called ‘Gharbia’ and reaches 103 m. The smaller and more easterly island is ‘Charguia’ and reaches no more than 25 m in height. Scrub vegetation includes Ephedra fragilis, Wthania frutescens and Frankenia corymbosa.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae breeding  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Audouin's Gull Larus audouinii breeding  1989  100 breeding pairs  A1  Near Threatened 

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
other -
Notes: Collection of seabird eggs.

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Boukhalfa (1990, 1992, 1995), Heredia et al. (1996).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Îles Habibas. Downloaded from on 18/09/2014

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