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Location Tunisia, Kébili
Central coordinates 8o 52.00' East  33o 29.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i
Area 200 ha
Altitude 50 - 100m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Association "Les Amis des Oiseaux"



Site description Sebkhet Nouaïel is a small salty depression situated 15 km west of the town of Douz, near the date-palm plantations of Nouaïel. This temporary wetland is fed by run-off from the oasis, and is surrounded by halophytic vegetation (Arthrocnemum indicum, Hordeum sp.). It dries out completely in the summer months.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris winter  40-250 individuals  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris breeding  common [units unknown]    Vulnerable 
Spotted Sandgrouse Pterocles senegallus resident  1999    Least Concern 
Pharaoh Eagle-owl Bubo ascalaphus resident  1999    Least Concern 
Egyptian Nightjar Caprimulgus aegyptius breeding  1999    Least Concern 
Greater Hoopoe-lark Alaemon alaudipes resident  1999    Least Concern 
Desert Lark Ammomanes deserti resident  1999    Least Concern 
Fulvous Chatterer Turdoides fulva resident  1999    Least Concern 

Local conservation groups The local conservation group below is working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
AAO/ Sfax Regional Branch 2000

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised -

Other biodiversity Among mammals, both Gazella dorcas (VU) and G. leptoceros (EN) have been recorded.

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sebkhet Nouaïel. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/04/2014

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