Year of compilation: 2001

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.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The site was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 1978 and became a National Park in 1980. Forest-fire is probably the largest potential threat.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Chaâmbi. Downloaded from on 12/04/2021.