Plaines de Kairouan

Country/territory: Tunisia

IBA criteria met: A3 (2001)
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Area: 75,000 ha

Association "Les Amis des Oiseaux"
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2001 favourable medium negligible
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Site description (2001 baseline)
The site comprises a series of alluvial plains north of the town of Kairouan, bounded by the small towns of Sbikha and Alam. The vegetation is a mixture of halophytes such as Arthrocnemum and Salicornia together with Stipa tenacissima grassland with Artemisia herba-alba and, more rarely, Rhus tripartitum and Lycium arabicum.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Table 2 for key species. The three Sahara–Sindian biome species include Pterocles coronatus, this being the only IBA from which the species has been recorded. Other species occurring at the site include Falco biarmicus and Pterocles orientalis. The site is also the northernmost known locality in Tunisia at which Chlamydotis undulata has been recorded breeding.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Plaines de Kairouan. Downloaded from on 23/02/2024.