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Location Mauritania, Adrar
Central coordinates 13o 50.00' West  19o 50.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 43,000 ha
Altitude 400 - 500m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description Located south of the main road between the towns of Akjoujt and Atâr in the Adrar region, this is an area of rock escarpments and cliffs on the edge of the Adrar plateau. There are numerous wells and springs issuing from faults in the rock. Permanent and semi-permanent gueltas form in rocky basins within the escarpment and a wetland called a grara forms in a large lowland depression at the base of the escarpment after the rains. The vegetation of the area includes Phoenix dactylifera, Hyoscyamus muticus, Tamarix sp., Acacia raddiana, 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 
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 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Desert   100%

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: Ibi (Graret el Frass). Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/10/2014

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