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Location Mauritania, Tiris Zemmour
Central coordinates 12o 36.00' West  22o 40.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 110,000 ha
Altitude 250 - 915m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description Kediet ej Jill is a steeply sloping rocky escarpment, 20 km by 5 km, which lies to the east of the town of Fdérik in north-central Mauritania. The escarpment is oriented east–west and rises to 915 m, the highest point in Mauritania. A number of ephemeral watercourses drain from the escarpment to the surrounding desert, and flow westwards into the adjacent Sebkhet ej Jill, just to the west of Fdérik. The site includes both the sebkhet and the escarpment. The vegetation of the area includes Phoenix dactylifera, Adiantum capillus veneris, Hyoscyamus muticus, Tamarix sp., Acacia raddiana, Rhus tripartitus, Capparis decidua, Leptadenia pyrotechnica, Maerua crassifolia, Salvadora persica, Balanites aegyptiaca and Panicum turgidum.

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 
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 
Mourning Wheatear Oenanthe lugens 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: Kediet ej Jill. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/09/2014

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