Country/territory: Tunisia

IBA criteria met: A3 (2001)
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Area: 16,488 ha

Association "Les Amis des Oiseaux"
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2001 near favourable low low
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Site description (2001 baseline)
Situated 60 km south of the town of Sidi Bouzid, Bouhedma National Park represents an ecosystem unique in Tunisia. The vegetation of the park is woodland in which Acacia raddiana occurs in association with Periploca laevigata and Rhus tripartitum. The main peak within the park, Djebel Bouhedma, which reaches 840 m, supports a vegetation dominated by Olea europaea, Juniperus phoenicea and Pistacia atlantica. On the surrounding plains Arthrophytum scoparium and A. schmittiamum are conspicuous elements.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Table 2 for key species. This is one of only two IBAs in Tunisia at which Ramphocoris clotbey occurs. In addition, Aquila chrysaetos and Falco biarmicus erlangeri breed in the park. There is a population of Struthio camelus, reintroduced in the 1980s, as was Numida meleagris.

Non-bird biodiversity: The mammals Ammotragus lervia (VU) and Gazella dorcas (VU) have been recorded. There are reintroduced populations of Oryx dammah (EW) and Addax nasomaculatus (EN).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Bouhedma. Downloaded from on 04/10/2023.