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Location Tunisia, Tunis
Central coordinates 10o 8.00' East  36o 45.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii
Area 2,700 ha
Altitude 1 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Association "Les Amis des Oiseaux"

Site description Sedjoumi is the most northerly of the sebkhas or saline depressions typical of central and southern Tunisia. Being situated in an area of higher rainfall, it receives precipitation more regularly than other sebkhas further south, and therefore holds water every winter. In summer it dries out to a large extent, but small quantities of sewage and waste-water flow in from the suburbs of Tunis to the north, so that there is water and habitat for Phoenicopterus ruber and waders even in late summer. As such, it is a key wetland in late summer and autumn. In the southern and western parts of the lake there are about 40 islands varying in size from a few square metres to several hectares. There is little fringing vegetation because of the high salt content of the soil.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna winter  1,000-12,500 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata winter  2,000-10,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus winter  4,000-25,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  20,000-49,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Sebkhet Sedjoumi Wetland Zone of National Importance 3,600 protected area contains site 2,700  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Saline lakes  major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting -
urban/industrial/transport -

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Gaultier (1986, 1987b, 1988a), Hughes et al. (1997), Maamouri and Hughes (1991), Ministère de l’Agriculture, Direction Générale des Forêts (2000).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sebkhet Sedjoumi. Downloaded from on 17/09/2014

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