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Location Mali, Tombouctou
Central coordinates 3o 5.00' West  16o 55.00' North
IBA criteria A3
Area 175,000 ha
Altitude 260 - 271m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description The site lies immediately north of the town of Tombouctou in central Mali, on the Sahel–Sahara boundary. Provisional boundaries are defined by the rivers Tassakan and Niger from El Mensara to Korioumé, the track from Korioumé to Tombouctou, the Araouane road north from Tombouctou as far as its junction with the track to Râs-el-Mâ, near El Hajjou, then west towards Râs-el-Mâ as far as the administrative boundary between Tombouctou and Goundam Districts and from there south-south-east to El Mansara. The site includes cultivation and scrub woodland along the course of the Niger and its tributary the Tassakan, fixed dunes and ephemeral interdunal slacks. Parts of the site are sparsely vegetated with grasses and shrubs.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Yellow-breasted Barbet Trachyphonus margaritatus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
African Collared-dove Streptopelia roseogrisea resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sahelian Woodpecker Dendropicos elachus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sennar Penduline-tit Anthoscopus punctifrons resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Kordofan Lark Mirafra cordofanica resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Dunn's Lark Eremalauda dunni resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Cricket Longtail Spiloptila clamans resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-bellied Starling Lamprotornis pulcher resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black Scrub-robin Cercotrichas podobe resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sudan Golden Sparrow Passer luteus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland   77%
Desert   21%

Land use

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

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tombouctou. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 02/09/2014

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