|Central coordinates||9o 57.00' East 37o 2.00' North|
|Altitude||15 - 25m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description Garaet Mabtouh is a freshwater marsh, situated some 20 km south of Bizerte, in the lower flood-plain of the Medjerda, Tunisia’s largest river (which rises in Algeria). Formerly, the whole of the flood-plain must have been a magnificent wetland, but most has now been reclaimed for agriculture, and Garaet Mabtouh is the only part which still floods. In dry winters the site is not flooded, but in wet seasons it can hold considerable numbers of waterbirds, no doubt originating at nearby Ichkeul.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata||winter||-||3,000-6,000 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola||breeding||-||300 breeding pairs||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Wetlands (inland)||Freshwater lakes and pools; Riverine floodplains||major|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.
References Gaultier (1988a), Hughes et al. (1997), Pottier-Alapetite (1979, 1981).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Garaet Mabtouh. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/03/2014
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