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Location Mauritania, Hodh Ech Chargui
Central coordinates 7o 30.00' West  17o 30.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 0 ha
Altitude 300 - 320m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description The site is a large sand-filled wadi near the ancient town of Oualâta. Situated in the Dahr Oualâta escarpment, it is a zone of lowland depressions and ephemeral wetlands on the plains, interspersed with permanent wells. The mountains contain deep permanent rock-pools or gueltas. The vegetation of the area includes Hyoscyamus muticus, Tamarix sp., Acacia raddiana, Capparis decidua, Leptadenia pyrotechnica, Maerua crassifolia, 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
Nubian Bustard Neotis nuba resident  2001  present  A1, A3  Near Threatened 
Arabian Bustard Ardeotis arabs resident  2001  present  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 
Yellow-breasted Barbet Trachyphonus margaritatus resident  2001  present  A3  Least Concern 
Pale Crag-martin Hirundo obsoleta resident  2001  present  A3  Least Concern 
Kordofan Lark Mirafra cordofanica 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 
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 
Sudan Golden Sparrow Passer luteus resident  2001  present  A3  Least Concern 
Trumpeter Finch Bucanetes githagineus resident  2001  present  A3  Least Concern 

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
unknown -

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Wad Initi. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/07/2014

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