|Central coordinates||1o 11.00' East 19o 5.00' North|
|Altitude||350 - 600m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Ornithological information See Box and Table 2 for key species. It is likely that further surveys would reveal more species characteristic of the Sahara–Sindian biome.
Site description The site lies immediately to the south of the town of Aguelhok in the south-western foothills of the Adrar des Iforhas (or Ifôghas), towards the northern end of the Tilemsi valley in the north-east of the country. Provisional boundaries run east from just south of Aguelhok to Adrar Ichoualen, south-west to Oued Hamoum, west through Oued Ibdeken across the Tilemsi valley turning north to Asler and thence to the southern edge of the scarps of Kreb Terech and so east back towards Aguelhok. It thus encompasses areas of stark, rocky hills, sheer cliffs, regs, hamadas, sand desert and, in parts of the Tilemsi valley, alluvial soils which, depending upon rainfall, support annual grasslands.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse Pterocles lichtensteinii||resident||1997||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Pharaoh Eagle-owl Bubo ascalaphus||resident||1997||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|White-tailed Wheatear Oenanthe leucopyga||resident||1997||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Blackstart Cercomela melanura||resident||1997||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Trumpeter Finch Bucanetes githagineus||resident||1997||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|Notes: Firewood collection.|
Other biodiversity The mammals Addax nasomaculatus (CR) and Ammotragus lervia (VU) used to occur and some of the latter may do so still. The flora is a mixture of Saharan and Sahelian species and may contain Saharo montane endemics.
Management considerations Overgrazing and fuelwood-collection is a problem in the more vegetated areas of the Tilemsi valley.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Aguelhok. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/06/2013
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