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Location Tunisia, Nabeul
Central coordinates 10o 56.00' East  36o 51.00' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 200 ha
Altitude 25 - 50m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Association "Les Amis des Oiseaux"



Site description Mlaâbi reservoir is a small, man-made water-body behind a dam built across a modest watercourse, for irrigation of local agriculture, near the northern tip of Cap Bon, just north of the town of Menzel Temime. Water-levels vary as water is extracted, so there is little permanent vegetation; small areas of Typha angustifolia, Tamarix and Juncus species are found. It is one of several similar reservoirs at the tip of Cap Bon which form important stop-over points for migrating birds, not only waterbirds, since the drainage of Garaet el Haouaria.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala resident  12-80 breeding pairs  A1  Endangered 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Artificial wetlands  major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
water management -

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Gaultier (1987b, 1988a), Hughes et al. (1997).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mlaâbi reservoir. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/10/2014

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