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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.

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 

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 -

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

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 (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Metbassta. Downloaded from on 24/10/2014

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