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Tue, 05/02/2013 - 13:07 -- abc_admin

Bouhedma National Park, Tunisia

Image Credit: 
Hichem Azafzaf

Thyna Saltpans is immediately to the south of Sfax. The succession of shallow pools, of varying depth and salinity, provide prime habitat for waterbirds including Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia, Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber, Common Crane Grus grus, Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta, Sanderling Calidris alba, Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa, Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata, Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres, Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus and Little Tern Sterna albifrons.​

Bouhedma National Park situated 60 km south of Sidi Bouzid represents a unique ecosystem in Tunisia, the vegetation of the park being woodland in whichAcacia raddiana occurs in association with Periploca laevigata. The Bouhedma National Park supports several species including Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetosLanner Falcon Falco biarmicusLaughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensisPharaoh’s Eagle Owl Bubo ascalaphusRed-necked Nightjar Caprimulgus ruficollisRufous Scrub-Robin Cercotrichas galactotesMoussier’s Redstart Phoenicurus moussieriRed-rumped Wheatear Oenanthe moestaFulvous Babbler Turdoides fulva and Southern Grey Shrike Lanius meridionalis.

Desert wetlands of Jemna, Ghidma, Grad and Blidette are a small salty depression situated in the Douz region, surrounded by oases and sand-dunes, which hold many species including Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellusRuddy Shelduck Tadorna ferrugineaMarbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostrisFerruginous Duck Aythya nyrocaCream-coloured Courser Cursorius cursorEgyptian Nightjar Caprimulgus aegyptiusGreater Hoopoe-Lark Alaemon alaudipesWhite-crowned Black Wheatear Oenanthe leucopygaBlack-eared Wheatear O. hispanicaRed-rumped Wheatear O. moesta and Desert Wheatear O. deserti.

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