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Location Morocco, Figuig
Central coordinates 1o 45.00' West  32o 8.00' North
IBA criteria A3
Area 60,000 ha
Altitude 975 - 1,920m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Groupe de Recherche pour la Protection des Oiseaux au Maroc (Affiliate)



Site description Jbel Krouz is a rugged Saharan limestone massif, around 90 km long and 12 km wide, located to the west of the town of Figuig near the Algerian border. Vegetation consists of arid steppe of tussock-grass Stipa tenacissima at lower altitudes and degraded Juniperus phoenicea woodland on the mountain summits. Other common plant species include Artemisia inculta and Rosmarinus officinalis. The principal human activity is pastoralism.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Spotted Sandgrouse Pterocles senegallus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Crowned Sandgrouse Pterocles coronatus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Pharaoh Eagle-owl Bubo ascalaphus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Egyptian Nightjar Caprimulgus aegyptius breeding  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Pale Crag-martin Hirundo obsoleta resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Greater Hoopoe-lark Alaemon alaudipes resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Bar-tailed Lark Ammomanes cinctura resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Desert Lark Ammomanes deserti resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Streaked Scrub-warbler Scotocerca inquieta resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Fulvous Chatterer Turdoides fulva resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Mourning Wheatear Oenanthe lugens resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
White-tailed Wheatear Oenanthe leucopyga resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Trumpeter Finch Bucanetes githagineus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
other -
Notes: Firewood collection.

Other biodiversity Three threatened ungulates—Ammotragus lervia (VU), Gazella dorcas (LR/nt) and Gazella cuvieri (EN)—are reported from the site. The threatened tortoise Testudo graeca (VU) and the endemic Moroccan toad Bufo brongersmai also occur.

References BCEOM-SECA (1995b).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Jbel Krouz. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/04/2014

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