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Location Tunisia, Kébili
Central coordinates 8o 48.00' East  33o 26.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i
Area 100 ha
Altitude 20 - 40m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Association "Les Amis des Oiseaux"

Site description This semi-permanent wetland is situated 15 km west of Douz, 5 km from Douz Laâla (TN040), and consists of a depression holding brackish water. It is bordered to the east by the Ghidma oasis and by sand-dunes to the west and south. The site is fed with water by drainage from the nearby oases, and possibly from freshwater springs. Water depth varies from 1 m in winter to less than 30 cm in summer. Phragmites communis and Tamarix africana are found along the shores, and it has some of the densest vegetation of any of the Djerid oases.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris breeding  60 breeding pairs  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris winter  150-200 individuals  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca winter  common  A1  Near Threatened 

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 the ungulates Gazella dorcas (VU) and Gazella leptoceros (EN) have been recorded.

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ghidma. Downloaded from on 20/09/2014

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