|Central coordinates||10o 29.00' East 36o 31.00' North|
|Altitude||20 - 200m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description Masri reservoir is, unlike the Cap Bon reservoirs, being constructed for water-supply to the national grid rather than local irrigation. It is situated quite high up in the Dorsale and flanked by mountains which reach 660 m, to the west of the town of Grombalia, south-east of Tunis. The shores are lined with vegetation composed mainly of Phragmites communis, Typha angustifolia and Juncus species. The mountain slopes are clothed in a forest of Tetraclinis articulata.
Key Biodiversity See Box for key species. Though the reservoir is small, it holds Oxyura leucocephala (10–50 pairs), while breeding species include Podiceps cristatus and Tachybaptus ruficollis. Wintering waterbirds include Aythya ferina and Fulica atra.
Non-bird biodiversity: The mammal Hyaena hyaena (LR/nt) has been recorded from the mountains around the site.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala||resident||-||10-50 breeding pairs||-||A1||Endangered|
|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||some of area/population (10-49%)||slow but significant deterioration||medium|
|Human intrusions and disturbance||recreational activities||happening now||some of area/population (10-49%)||slow but significant deterioration||medium|
|Oxyura leucocephala||White-headed Duck||60||60||individuals||100||favourable|
|Little/none of site covered (<10%)||Unknown||Unknown||negligible|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
References Gaultier (1988a), Hughes et al. (1997).
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