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Location Mali, Mopti
Central coordinates 4o 40.00' West  14o 50.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii
Area 40,000 ha
Altitude 263 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Site description Séri is an extensive flood-plain complex on the western bank of the Diaka river, in the western central part of the Inner Delta of the Niger, immediately west of the town of Toguéré-Koumbé. It is located about 65 km north-east of the town of Mopti and some 50 km south-west of Lac Oualado Débo (site ML009). In years of good rainfall the area is flooded between August and January and begins to dry out thereafter.

Key Biodiversity See Box for key species. In January 1995 a total of 16,546 waterbirds was counted on approximately 25% of the site.

Non-bird biodiversity: The mammal Trichechus senegalensis (VU) has been reported to occur.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Pintail Anas acuta winter  1987  63,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Sarkidiornis melanotos winter  1978  12,500 individuals  A4i  Not Recognised 
Garganey Spatula querquedula winter  1987  57,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca winter  1986  350 individuals  A1, A4i  Near Threatened 
Great White Egret Ardea alba winter  1995  1,750 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus winter  1978  2,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola winter  1986  9,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  100,000-499,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

IBA Monitoring

2001 low not assessed not assessed
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Agriculture and aquaculture annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Biological resource use fishing & harvesting aquatic resources - unintentional effects: subsistence/small scale happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - abstraction of surface water (agricultural use) likely in short term (within 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Delta Intérieur du Niger Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 4,119,500 protected area contains site 40,000  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   98%
Shrubland   1%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
nature conservation and research -

References Dodman and Taylor (1995), Jones (1993).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Séri. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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