IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2001 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Spotted Sandgrouse Pterocles senegallus LC resident 1999 present A3
Egyptian Nightjar Caprimulgus aegyptius LC breeding 1999 present A3
Greater Hoopoe-lark Alaemon alaudipes LC resident 1999 present A3
Thick-billed Lark Ramphocoris clotbey LC resident 1999 present A3
Bar-tailed Lark Ammomanes cinctura LC resident 1999 present A3
Desert Lark Ammomanes deserti LC resident 1999 present A3
Temminck's Lark Eremophila bilopha LC resident 1999 present A3
Streaked Scrub-warbler Scotocerca inquieta LC resident 1999 present A3
Subalpine Warbler Curruca cantillans LC passage 1999 present A3
Sardinian Warbler Curruca melanocephala LC winter 1999 present A3
Tristram's Warbler Curruca deserticola LC winter 1999 present A3
Spotless Starling Sturnus unicolor LC resident 1999 present A3
Moussier's Redstart Phoenicurus moussieri LC resident 1999 present A3
Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica LC breeding 1999 present A3
Buff-rumped Wheatear Oenanthe moesta LC resident 1999 present A3
Black Wheatear Oenanthe leucura LC resident 1999 present A3
Desert Sparrow Passer simplex LC resident 1999 present A3
Trumpeter Finch Bucanetes githagineus LC resident 1999 present A3

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2001).

IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2009 favourable low high
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
no population medium

State (condition of the trigger species' populations)
Scientific name Common name Reference population Actual population Units % of population remaining Result
Alaemon alaudipes Greater Hoopoe-lark 1 7 individuals 100 favourable
Ammomanes cinctura Bar-tailed Lark 1 5 individuals 100 favourable
Eremophila bilopha Temminck's Lark 1 11 individuals 100 favourable
Passer simplex 1 3 individuals 100 favourable
Bucanetes githagineus Trumpeter Finch 1 14 individuals 100 favourable

Pressure (threats to the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity high
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Jbil National Park 176,109 protected area overlaps with site 0
Djebel Sahara National Park 15,000 protected area contained by site 15,000


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Desert Desert dunes -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Jbil. Downloaded from on 28/11/2023.