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Location Mauritania, Tiris Zemmour
Central coordinates 7o 52.00' West  23o 29.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 0 ha
Altitude 270 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description El Mréiti is located on the southern end of the El Hank escarpment in the north-east of the country. It has a permanent water-source that has been exploited by herders and traders for centuries. The cliffs rise 30 m above the surrounding plains. There are numerous wells, deeply gouged wadis and a large sebkha. The vegetation typical of the area includes Hyoscyamus muticus, Tamarix sp., Acacia raddiana, Capparis decidua, Leptadenia pyrotechnica, Maerua crassifolia, Salvadora persica, Balanites aegyptiaca and Panicum turgidium.

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)
agriculture -

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Lamarche (1988).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: El Mréiti. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/10/2014

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