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Location Tunisia, Kébili
Central coordinates 8o 58.00' East  33o 28.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i
Area 100 ha
Altitude 30 - 50m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Association "Les Amis des Oiseaux"

Site description Douz Laala is a small thickly vegetated depression, immediately to the south of Snam (site TN041), surrounded by oases and agricultural fields and bounded to the west by fixed sand-dunes. The water is fresh to brackish, and derives from drainage from the surrounding oasis and from winter rainfall, varying in depth, from c.1 m in winter to less than 30 cm in summer. The dominant plants are Phragmites communis, Tamarix africana and Juncus species.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris winter  120-200 individuals  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris breeding    Vulnerable 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca breeding  1996  5-10 breeding pairs  A1  Near Threatened 
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/ Tunisian Ornithology Group (GTO) 2000

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting -
other -
Notes: Cutting reeds.

Other biodiversity 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: Douz Laâla. Downloaded from on 17/04/2014

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