Wadi Halfa

Country/territory: Sudan

IBA criteria met: A3 (2001)
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Area: 10,000 ha

Site description (baseline)
Wadi Halfa is located in the north of Sudan close to the border with Egypt, on the east bank of Lake Nubia (as the southern, Sudanese, part of Lake Nasser is known). The site is located south of the town of Wadi Halfa and comprises an area of lake margin where the flora is dominated by Tamarix nilotica, and adjacent, largely barren, rocky desert. The site is adjacent to the Egyptian IBA of Lake Nasser (EG014).

Key biodiversity
See Box and Table 2 for key species. One species characteristic of the Sahel biome (A03) is also thought to occur (see Table 2). There is little information on waterbirds using Lake Nubia, but it is possible that some species will be found to exceed thresholds; Rhynchops flavirostris has been reported in the past in large numbers and was suspected of breeding.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Wadi Halfa. Downloaded from on 03/06/2023.