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Location Mauritania, Hodh Ech Chargui
Central coordinates 8o 10.00' West  18o 25.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 0 ha
Altitude 300 - 320m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description Situated on the Dahr Oualâta escarpment in the far east of the country, Tinigart is an area of cliffs and ravines. There are numerous wells on the plains and permanent springs, fed from water-filled fractures in the rock. Typical plant species include Hyoscyamus muticus, Tamarix sp., Acacia raddiana, Capparis decidua, Leptadenia pyrotechnica, Maerua crassifolia, Salvadora persica, Balanites aegyptiaca and Panicum turgidum. The site is an important pastoral zone, visited by livestock from all over the eastern region.

Key Biodiversity See Box and Table 2 for key species. In addition two species of the Sahel biome have been recorded from this site (see Table 2).

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

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 

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -

References Lamarche (1988).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tinigart. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/11/2014

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