- Site number:1896
- Area:6,765 ha
- Designation date:18-12-2009
- Coordinates:35°52'N 06°32'E
The Site is a seasonal sebkha (salt lake) located on the high plains of the region of Constantine in Eastern Algeria. It consists of a temporary, shallow water body which rarely reaches 40cm in depth. It is an important wintering and resting site during migration for several migratory waterbird species, including the greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus), the common shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) and the white stork (Ciconia ciconia). It is also one of the most important breeding sites for greater flamingo in the Mediterranean basin. The waterbirds attract predators such as golden jackal and red fox. Rodents such as the Algerian mouse (Mus spretus) and Barbary striped grass mouse (Lemniscomys barbarus) are also attracted by the surrounding cereal cultivation. The principal threats facing the Site are erosion, over-grazing, poaching and collection of the waterbird eggs. While there is no management plan, other conservation measures regulate the exploitation of the surrounding forests of the wilaya (province) of Oum El Bouaghi.
- Last publication date:14-03-2018