Marais de Mekhada

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
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala EN resident - present A1
Greylag Goose Anser anser LC winter 1978 8,000 individuals A4i
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris NT winter - 20 individuals A1
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca NT breeding 2001 frequent A1
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata LC winter 1998 7,025 individuals A4i
Eurasian Wigeon Mareca penelope LC winter 1978 27,500 individuals A4i
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola LC breeding 1984 100 breeding pairs A4i
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a winter 1978-1998 20,000-49,999 individuals A4iii

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

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Marais de la Mekhada Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 8,900 protected area overlaps with site 0
La Réserve Naturelle du Lac des Oiseaux Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 120 protected area contains site 0

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Marais de Mekhada. Downloaded from on 02/10/2023.