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Location Tunisia, Sousse
Central coordinates 10o 28.00' East  36o 14.00' North
IBA criteria A4i
Area 1,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Association "Les Amis des Oiseaux"



Site description The site is partly a coastal lagoon, on the eastern coastline, south of Korba lagoons and 25 km south of Hammamet. In most years it dries out entirely in summer, unlike Korba. It is also partly a saline depression, receiving run-off from the Dorsale mountains, and is surrounded by agricultural land. The vegetation is mainly salt-tolerant, with Arthrocnemum, Salicornia and Atriplex species dominant.

Key Biodiversity See Box for key species. The site is also important, especially in wet winters, for other wintering waterbirds including Ardea cinerea, and a variety of ducks notably Anas penelope and A. clypeata. Grus grus use the site as a roost, especially in winters when Kelbia is dry. On the beach seaward of the lagoon, some Sterna species breed, in particular S. albifrons and perhaps also S. hirundo.

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
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus winter  500-3,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2009 not assessed not assessed low
  unset
Poor - based on little, or potentially unreliable/unrepresentative, data

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 

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting -
tourism/recreation -

References Gaultier (1988a), Hamrouni (1999), Hughes et al. (1997).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sebkhet Sidi Khelifa. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/11/2014

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