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Location Niger, Tahoua
Central coordinates 4o 39.00' East  14o 14.00' North
IBA criteria A4i
Area 1,780 ha
Altitude 270 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description Situated in a fossil valley dating from the last ice-age or earlier, Dan Doutchi was, prior to July 1974, a small, temporary wetland surrounded by millet and sorghum fields. When, however, the 1973–1974 drought broke with torrential rains, this wide, shallow part of the valley filled to form a permanent wetland. The wetland, located some 80 km north-west of Birni N’Konni, extends from the village of Tawèy to that of Dan Doutchi, 6 km to the west and, at its maximum, occupies approximately 1,780 ha with an average depth of 1.8 m. Average annual rainfall in the Dan Doutchi area for the period 1961–1990 was 420 mm, but yearly variation is considerable. During the waterbird censuses in January–February, the area of the run-off dependent wetland accordingly varied from 450 to 1,500 ha. The water of the wetland is somewhat brackish and alkaline, with average levels of nitrogen and low levels of phosphorus in the fairly sandy sediment. Aquatic vegetation is absent. Woody species along the edges of the wetland include Acacia nilotica and the exotic Eucalyptus camaldulensis.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Teal Anas crecca winter  1994  470 individuals  poor  A4i  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland   100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Brouwer and Mullié (1994, 1995), DDE-Tahoua (1991), Le Berre (1995), Mullie and Brouwer (1994a, b), Mullié et al. (1999).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Dan Doutchi wetland. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/09/2014

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