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Location Tunisia, Kairouan
Central coordinates 10o 1.00' East  35o 42.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i
Area 40 ha
Altitude 65 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Association "Les Amis des Oiseaux"

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.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris breeding  30-60 breeding pairs  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 

IBA Monitoring

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 areas

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

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting -

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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Metbassta. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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