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Location Tunisia, Kasserine
Central coordinates 8o 43.00' East  35o 6.00' North
IBA criteria A3
Area 6,723 ha
Altitude 565 - 1,544m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Association "Les Amis des Oiseaux"

Site description Chaâmbi National Park, situated 10 km west of the town of Kasserine is dominated by Djebel Chaâmbi which, at 1,544 m, is the highest peak in Tunisia. Djebel Chaâmbi supports the largest remaining and best-conserved area of pine-dominated evergreen forest in the Tunisian Dorsale. Dominant trees are, at lower altitudes, Pinus halepensis and Quercus ilex, replaced near the summit by Juniperus phoenicea and J. oxycedrus. Common shrubs include Rosmarinus officinalis and Globularia alypum. Around the foot of the mountain the forest gives way to grassland of Stipa tenacissima.

Key Biodiversity See Box and Table 2 for key species. It is one of only two IBAs at which Picus vaillantii is recorded. The park also supports a diverse breeding raptor fauna including Neophron percnopterus, Circaetus gallicus, Hieraaetus pennatus, Buteo rufinus, Falco peregrinus and F. tinnunculus. Other breeding species include Columba palumbus, Sylvia deserticola and Loxia curvirostra.

Non-bird biodiversity: The mammals Ammotragus lervia (VU), Gazella cuvieri (EN) and Hyaena hyaena (LR/nt) all occur, but are rare.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Barbary Partridge Alectoris barbara resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Maghreb Green Woodpecker Picus vaillantii resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans breeding  1999  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Tristram's Warbler Sylvia deserticola resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Spotless Starling Sturnus unicolor resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Moussier's Redstart Phoenicurus moussieri resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black Wheatear Oenanthe leucura resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-rumped Wheatear Oenanthe moesta resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica breeding  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2001 high favourable low
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Natural system modifications fire & fire suppression - increase in fire frequency/intensity likely in long term (beyond 4 years) whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Forest   0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  Unknown  Unknown  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Chambi National Park 6,723 is identical to site 6,723  
Parc national de Djebel Chambi UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 43,723 protected area contained by site 6,000  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mediterranean forest - native coniferous  major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -

References Attia (1977), GTZ (1994), Hamrouni (1992), Müller (1983), Nabli (1989).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Chaâmbi. Downloaded from on 20/10/2016

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