Djebel Aissa

Country/territory: Algeria

IBA Criteria met: A3 (2001)
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Area: 630,000 ha

Site description
The site lies in the Saharan Atlas mountain range, south of the Hauts Plateaux, c.180 km south-west of El Bayadh (site DZ025) and only 50 km from the Moroccan border. The town of Aïn Sefra is surrounded by peaks of over 2,000 m. The coordinates given are those for the town of Aïn Sefra itself. There is no designated protected area in the region and more survey work will be required to define the boundaries of an IBA, but records from the location suggest that the site will qualify as a biome-restricted IBA.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Table 2 for key species. The biome-restricted species known from this site include the only record of Ammomanes cincturus for any Algerian IBA north of the Sahara and one of only two Algerian IBA site records for Scotocerca inquieta.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Djebel Aissa. Downloaded from on 02/02/2023.