|Central coordinates||2o 22.00' West 35o 6.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i|
|Altitude||0 - 60m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description The Oued Moulouya is the largest river to the east of the Middle Atlas and flows 600 km north from Midelt to the Mediterranean. The estuary lies 20 km north of the town of Berkane, only 12 km west of the Algerian border. The site has three components, together comprising 2,700 ha: the Chararba marsh, a freshwater wetland ringed by almost impenetrable dense vegetation; a sandy beach backed by dunes and, in places, a 20-m-high cliff; and the lower 25 km of the course of the Oued Moulouya itself. The luxuriant riparian vegetation consists of Tamarix sp. on the banks and Phragmites communis, Scirpus maritimus, Juncus sp. and Salicornia sp. There are also small plantations of Acacia and Eucalyptus spp. Annual rainfall is 340 mm.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris||winter||-||38 individuals||-||A1, A4i||Vulnerable|
|Audouin's Gull Larus audouinii||winter||-||1,200 individuals||-||A1, A4i||Near Threatened|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity Two restricted-range lizards, Chalcides mauritanicus and C. parallelus, have been recorded.
References BCEOM-SECA (1995c), Brosset (1959).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Embouchure Oued Moulouya. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 11/07/2014
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