Aguelmane n'Tifounassine

Country/territory: Morocco

IBA Criteria met: A4i (2001)
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Area: 400 ha

Protection status:

Groupe de Recherche pour la Protection des Oiseaux au Maroc

Site description
A small freshwater lake in the Middle Atlas, 40 km from Azrou on the road to Midelt, about 9 km south of the village of Timahdit, situated at 1,910 m in a mountain bowl whose surrounding slopes extend upwards to 2,020 m. The wetland itself is composed of three parts: a deep, permanent lake occupying a small crater; a larger but shallower spring-fed lake located to the south, often muddy and marshy; and a large marshy zone, often dry for large parts of the year and used by livestock. The site is heavily overgrazed and vegetation is only luxuriant in the wetter areas, which consist of Phragmites and Typha beds. In addition to livestock, the site is also used by fishermen.

Key biodiversity
See Box for key species. Several wildfowl species winter at the site, but only Tadorna ferruginea and Anas platyrhynchos have been recorded in any numbers (500 of the latter in 1993).

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Aguelmane n'Tifounassine. Downloaded from on 28/11/2020.