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Location Algeria, Oran
Central coordinates 1o 25.00' West  35o 19.00' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 27 ha
Altitude 0 - 100m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Site description The Île Rachgoune is located 4 km off the coast of Algeria near the town of Béni-Saf, south-west of Oran and c.60 km south of Îles Habibas (site DZ030). There is no available information concerning habitats.

Key Biodiversity See Box for key species. A new colony of 60 pairs of Larus audouinii was discovered in 1993. In addition to nesting L. audouinii, there are also records of breeding L. cachinnans (300–350 pairs in 1978).

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
Audouin's Gull Larus audouinii breeding  1993  60 breeding pairs  good  A1  Least Concern 

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
unknown -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Île Rachgoune. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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