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Location Mauritania, Adrar
Central coordinates 12o 58.00' West  19o 49.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 0 ha
Altitude 350 - 500m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description This is an area north of the town of Atâr. It consists of a series of rocky outcrops and cliffs on a broad plain on the northern edge of the Adrar plateau. There are many wells on the plain as well as a large sand-filled wadi. Birds find shelter on the rocky ledges of the cliffs and amongst the shrubs and larger tree species. The vegetation typical of the area includes Phoenix dactylifera, Hyoscyamus muticus, Tamarix sp., Acacia raddiana, Capparis decidua, Leptadenia pyrotechnica, Maerua crassifolia, Salvadora persica, Balanites aegyptiaca, Panicum turgidum and Stipagrostis pungens. Many of these species are valued by nomadic herders for their grazing and browsing potential.

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 
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 
Chestnut-bellied Starling Lamprotornis pulcher 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   20%
Desert   79%

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: Wagchogda. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/07/2014

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