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Location Niger, Tillabéri
Central coordinates 1o 29.00' East  14o 11.00' North
IBA criteria A4i
Area 8 ha
Altitude 200 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Site description The Tillabéri roost occupies a Eucalyptus woodlot in an area of irrigated rice on the flood-plain of the Niger river near Daikaina, just east of Tillabéri. The woodlot is managed by the irrigation authority, ONAHA (Office National des Aménagements Hydro-Agricoles). Some of the trees were felled in early 1997 and, as a result, the birds temporarily moved to a wooded area 1.0–1.5 km to the south. More recently, however, the birds have moved back to the woodlot.

Key Biodiversity See Box for key species. The first site was counted in February 1995–1998 while counts of the alternative roost, following its relocation as a result of human disturbance, took place in April 1997. In total, 35 species of waterbird have been observed at the roost and in immediately surrounding areas. Notable counts, in addition to those listed below, include 1,132 Phalacrocorax africanus in February 1996 and 5,581 Bubulcus ibis, 333 Nycticorax nycticorax and 506 Threskiornis aethiopicus in February 1995. In March 1998, 14 Ixobrychus minutus were seen. Total numbers counted were 11,868, 10,762, 5,667 and 3,541 in February 1995–1998, respectively.

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
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus winter  1995  2,838 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Tillabéri roost. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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