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Location Mauritania, Tagant
Central coordinates 12o 22.00' West  18o 16.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii
Area 100 ha
Altitude 300 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description Gabou is located in the far west of the Tagant on the border with the Brakna. It is approximately 110 km south-west of Tidjikja. It is a large wetland depression on the northern end of the oued that connects it to Tâmourt en Na’âj further south (site MR015). Its size varies from year to year depending on the volume of rainfall received by the watershed. The vegetation typical of the area includes Acacia raddiana, A. ehrenbergiana, Capparis decidua,Leptadenia pyrotechnica, Maerua crassifolia, Hyoscyamus muticus, Tamarix sp., Salvadora persica, Balanites aegyptiaca, Panicum turgidum and Cenchrus biflorus.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ruff Calidris pugnax winter  21,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  20,000-49,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

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: Gabou. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/08/2014

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