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Location Tunisia
Central coordinates 10o 13.00' East  36o 50.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i
Area 148 ha
Altitude 134 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Association "Les Amis des Oiseaux"

Site description Mornaguia reservoir is a recently built reservoir, located 12 km west of Tunis and surrounded by agricultural land. Water is pumped into it from dams in the national water grid, so that water-levels fluctuate considerably and there is little natural vegetation except where a stream flows in; here stands of Phragmites australis, Typha angustifolia, Inula viscosa and Juncus species occur. As one of the few freshwater lakes in the area it attracts a variety of migrants, especially in late summer when other sites are dry.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris breeding  1999  8-30 adults only  poor  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala breeding  1999  12-220 adults only  unknown  A1, A4i  Endangered 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Barrage Mornaguia Game Reserve 0 protected area contains site 148  


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting minor
water management major
rangeland/pastureland minor

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mornaguia reservoir. Downloaded from on 20/10/2014

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