|Central coordinates||12o 22.00' West 18o 16.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A4i, A4iii|
|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.
Key Biodiversity In the years it receives adequate rainfall, Gabou is an important wetland habitat for Afrotropical and Palearctic waterbirds. Other species observed in large numbers include Anas querquedula (14,000), Anas acuta (6,000), Dendrocygna viduata (8,000), D. bicolor (600), Plegadis falcinellus (800) and Plectropterus gambensis (1,200).
Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.
|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||Extent (% of site)|
References Lamarche (1988).
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