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Location Mali, Tombouctou
Central coordinates 4o 0.00' West  16o 45.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii
Area 45,000 ha
Altitude 255 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Site description Lac Faguibine is a semi-permanent wetland lying to the north of the Inner Delta, about 80 km west of Tombouctou, on the boundary between the Sahelian and Saharan zones. It is oriented south-west–north-east and triangular in shape, 75 km long, up to 15 m deep and, maximally, 12 km wide at its north-eastern end. From this point a permanent swamp runs south that connects it with Lac Télé (site ML004).

Key Biodiversity See Box for key species. In addition, three species of the Sahel biome (A03) have been recorded from around Lac Faguibine; see Table 2.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Pintail Anas acuta winter  1983  126,800 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Fulvous Whistling-duck Dendrocygna bicolor winter  1983  67,100 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
White-faced Whistling-duck Dendrocygna viduata winter  1983  28,400 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Garganey Spatula querquedula winter  1983  150,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca winter  1983  300 individuals  A1, A4i  Near Threatened 
Great White Egret Ardea alba winter  1980  1,020 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Himantopus himantopus winter  1987  3,060 individuals  A4i  Not Recognised 
Little Stint Calidris minuta winter  1983  10,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Ruff Calidris pugnax winter  1983  20,500 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Grey-headed Gull Larus cirrocephalus winter  1978  2,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus winter  1980  2,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1983  100,000-499,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   25%
Wetlands (inland)   9%
Shrubland   8%
Grassland   55%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
unknown -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Lac Faguibine. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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