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Location Morocco, Agadir
Central coordinates 9o 45.00' West  30o 35.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i
Area 4,500 ha
Altitude 0 - 478m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

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



Site description The site consists of a 21-km stretch of coastline between the small village of Tiguert, 5 km east of Cap Ghir, and the mouth of the Oued Tamraght at Aourir, north of the large resort town of Agadir. Its inland extent varies from 100 m to 6 km. Habitats include coastal cliffs, several sandy beaches and dunes, Retama steppe and cultivated fields, and Argania spinosa and Euphorbia woodland.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Barbary Partridge Alectoris barbara resident  1999    Least Concern 
Northern Bald Ibis Geronticus eremita winter  50 individuals  A1, A4i  Critically Endangered 
Red-necked Nightjar Caprimulgus ruficollis breeding  1999    Least Concern 
Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala resident  1999    Least Concern 
Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans breeding  1999    Least Concern 
Spectacled Warbler Sylvia conspicillata resident  1999    Least Concern 
Spotless Starling Sturnus unicolor resident  1999    Least Concern 
Moussier's Redstart Phoenicurus moussieri resident  1999    Least Concern 
Black Wheatear Oenanthe leucura resident  1999    Least Concern 
Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica breeding  1999    Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Arganeraie UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 2,568,780 protected area contains site 4,500  

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
tourism/recreation -

Other biodiversity The endemic toad Bufo brongersmai and endemic lizard Chalcides mionecton both occur.

References BCEOM-SECA (1995c), Bowden and Smith (1997).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tarhazoute. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 17/04/2014

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