|Central coordinates||10o 1.00' East 35o 42.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description Metbassta is a small shallow wetland near Kairouan in the immediate vicinity of Kelbia (site TN020), to whose catchment it belongs. It is essentially fresh and may, like Oued Sed (site TN018), be fed by freshwater springs, as well as by the Oued Marguellil and the Oued Nebhana. It may dry out completely in summer.
Key Biodiversity See Box for key species. It is also a wintering site for Casmerodius albus, Plegadis falcinellus, Phoenicopterus ruber, Anser anser, Tadorna tadorna, Anas penelope, A. clypeata, A. crecca, A. strepera, Aythya ferina and Fulica atra. The plains around the lake are used as a roosting site by Grus grus. Numenius tenuirostris was recorded here in November 1992. In addition, eight species of the Mediterranean North Africa biome (A01) have been recorded (see Table 2).
Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris||breeding||-||30-60 breeding pairs||-||A1, A4i||Vulnerable|
|2009||not assessed||not assessed||negligible|
|Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data|
|Little/none of site covered (<10%)||No management planning has taken place||Very little or no conservation action taking place||negligible|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Metbassta hunting reserve||Reserve||40||is identical to site||40|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Wetlands (inland)||Freshwater lakes and pools||major|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
References Dalensi (1998), Gaultier (1986, 1988a, 1989), Hamrouni (1999), Ministère de l’Agriculture, Direction Générale des Forêts (2000).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Metbassta. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/08/2015
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