Sebkhet Sidi Khelifa

Country/territory: Tunisia

IBA Criteria met: A4i (2001)
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Area: 1,000 ha

Protection status:

Association "Les Amis des Oiseaux"
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2009 medium not assessed low
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Site description
The site is partly a coastal lagoon, on the eastern coastline, south of Korba lagoons and 25 km south of Hammamet. In most years it dries out entirely in summer, unlike Korba. It is also partly a saline depression, receiving run-off from the Dorsale mountains, and is surrounded by agricultural land. The vegetation is mainly salt-tolerant, with Arthrocnemum, Salicornia and Atriplex species dominant.

Key biodiversity
See Box for key species. The site is also important, especially in wet winters, for other wintering waterbirds including Ardea cinerea, and a variety of ducks notably Anas penelope and A. clypeata. Grus grus use the site as a roost, especially in winters when Kelbia is dry. On the beach seaward of the lagoon, some Sterna species breed, in particular S. albifrons and perhaps also S. hirundo.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sebkhet Sidi Khelifa. Downloaded from on 28/11/2020.