email a friend
printable version
Location Tunisia, Nabeul
Central coordinates 10o 58.00' East  36o 50.00' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 250 ha
Altitude 77 - 100m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Association "Les Amis des Oiseaux"

Site description One of the smallest of the Cap Bon man-made reservoirs, Sidi Abdelmonem is also one of the oldest, with the most natural fringing vegetation cover, including Phragmites australis, Typha angustifolia and Juncus species.

Key Biodiversity See Box for key species. Due to the fringing vegetation, this is one of the best sites for nesting Oxyura leucocephala (15–80 pairs resident). Marmaronetta angustirostris also occurs and probably breeds. Small numbers of Aythya nyroca occur in late summer. Other waterbirds that winter at the site include Anas platyrhynchos, A. querquedula, A. clypeata, A. acuta, Aythya ferina, Fulica atra and Porphyrio porphyrio.

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
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala resident  15-80 breeding pairs  A1  Endangered 

IBA Monitoring

2009 medium favourable low
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Climate change and severe weather drought likely in long term (beyond 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Oxyura leucocephala White-headed Duck 1 8 individuals 100 favourable

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  No management plan exists but the management planning process has begun  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  low 


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

Land use

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

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

Contribute  Please click here to help BirdLife conserve the world's birds - your data for this IBA and others are vital for helping protect the environment.

Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Sidi Abdelmonem reservoir. Downloaded from on 29/10/2016

To provide new information to update this factsheet or to correct any errors, please email BirdLife