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Location Mauritania, Tiris Zemmour
Central coordinates 11o 20.00' West  25o 23.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 36,000 ha
Altitude 350 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description The site comprises a 40-km-long crystalline massif lying in the far north-west of the country, close to the Moroccan border. It is aligned north–south and rises 100 m above the surrounding plain. Numerous wadis cut across the massif. Crevices in the steep rock-faces, cliff-ledges, shrubs and large trees such as Acacia raddiana provide shelter and nesting sites in the incredibly arid conditions. Typical plant species include Acacia raddiana, Rhus tripartitus, Leptadenia pyrotechnica, Maerua crassifolia, Salvadora persica, Balanites aegyptiaca, Panicum turgidum and Stipagrostis pungens, etc.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Nubian Bustard Neotis nuba resident  2001  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Spotted Sandgrouse Pterocles senegallus resident  2001  present  A3  Least Concern 
Crowned Sandgrouse Pterocles coronatus resident  2001  present  A3  Least Concern 
Pharaoh Eagle-owl Bubo ascalaphus resident  2001  present  A3  Least Concern 
Pale Crag-martin Hirundo obsoleta resident  2001  present  A3  Least Concern 
Greater Hoopoe-lark Alaemon alaudipes resident  2001  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bar-tailed Lark Ammomanes cinctura resident  2001  present  A3  Least Concern 
Desert Lark Ammomanes deserti resident  2001  present  A3  Least Concern 
Streaked Scrub-warbler Scotocerca inquieta resident  2001  present  A3  Least Concern 
Fulvous Chatterer Turdoides fulva resident  2001  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-tailed Wheatear Oenanthe leucopyga resident  2001  present  A3  Least Concern 
Passer simplex resident  2001  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Trumpeter Finch Bucanetes githagineus resident  2001  present  A3  Least Concern 

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
unknown -

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Lamarche (1988).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tamreïkat. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/10/2014

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