Aqueduc de Zaghouan

Country/territory: Tunisia

IBA Criteria met: A1 (2001)
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Area: 40 ha

Protection status:

Association "Les Amis des Oiseaux"
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2001 high favourable low
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Site description
The site is a Roman aqueduct, situated 17 km south of Tunis, which used to form part of the Zaghouan to Carthage water-supply system. It consists of a series of 20-m-high pillars and arches in which many cavities and holes have developed. The site, which crosses the valley of the Miliana river, is surrounded by wheat fields.

Key biodiversity
See Box for key species. The cavities and holes in the aqueduct are used as nesting and roosting sites by Falco naumanni (30 pairs), F. biarmicus, F. tinnunculus, Coracias garrulus, Petronia petronia, Sturnus unicolor and Corvus corax.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Aqueduc de Zaghouan. Downloaded from on 30/09/2020.