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Location Mauritania, Inchiri
Central coordinates 14o 20.00' West  19o 50.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 54,000 ha
Altitude 350 - 500m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description This is an area of rocky outcrops 20 km north of the town of Akjoujt. The main road between Nouakchott and the tourist destination of the Adrar runs right through Arâguîb el Jahfa. It is an area of steep cliffs intersected by ravines. There are numerous wells on the plains between the outcrops as well as many sand-filled wadis. The vegetation provides a rich source of pasture for mobile animal herds and plants typical of the area include 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, A3  Near Threatened 
Crowned Sandgrouse Pterocles coronatus resident  2001  present  A3  Least Concern 
African Collared-dove Streptopelia roseogrisea 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 
Cricket Longtail Spiloptila clamans resident  2001  present  A3  Least Concern 
Fulvous Chatterer Turdoides fulva resident  2001  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black Scrub-robin Cercotrichas podobe 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)
Rocky areas   100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
urban/industrial/transport -

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Lamarche (1988).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Arâguîb el Jahfa. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/07/2014

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