Macizo de Tagant

Macizo de Tagant



The environmental diversity resulting from the lagoons and their associated vegetation (savanna, reedbeds, riverine woodlands etc.), and the contrast between these and the desert, ensure that the Tagant Plateau enjoys great faunal diversity. Spectacular concentrations of birds occur on its lagoons and its pools are excellent places for seeing and photographing animals during the dry season. Crocodiles apart, they are visited almost constantly by many butterflies and birds which use them as drinking places. The boulders around the pools are usually full of agamid lizards and they are occupied by colonies of hyraxes or of gundis, rare African rodents.

Anas querquedula. Dekla

The pools are also good places for seeing the semi-wild domestic animals which roam the region, when they come to drink. It must be said that it was human intervention since the end of the 1970s and not environmental deterioration which drastically reduced the gazelle populations as well those of their principal predators, the leopard (Panthera pardus) and the striped hyena (Hyaena hyaena, greatly reduced).

The lion (Panthera leo), disappeared early in the 20th century, as well as other large vertebrates including the elephant Loxodonta africana)), although their former presence is recalled by place names. Much the same may be said of the houbara bustard populations, hunted to extinction in the 1980s. Nonetheless, sightings of some large mammals may still be made occasionally.

The insect life is very striking, especially where the vegetation is richest in the more humid, cooler areas such as the palm groves. The beetles, wasps and butterflies are the most noteworthy.

List of illustrated animals


Alopochen aegyptiaca, Gabou.
Anas querquedula, Dekla.
Ardea cinerea, Egini Nrama-Gabou.
Bubulcus ibis, Bouraga
Bubulcus ibis, grupo, Bouraga
Buteo buteo vulpinus, Bouraga
Buturides striata, Marshla.
Caprimulgus sp., Husseiniya.
Cercotrichas podobe, Gabou.
Charadrius dubius, Marshla
Ciconia ciconia, Gabou.
Circaetus beaudouinii, Bouraga
Circaetus gallicus, El Titan.
Clamator glandarius, Bouraga
Coracias abyssinicus, N'Beika.
Corvus ruficollis, Tagant
Cursorius cursor, Matmata
Cursorius temminckii, Husseiniya.
Egreta garcetta, Ikini Mowlud.
Egreta intermedia, Bouraga
Emberiza deserti, Tagant
Emberiza striolata, Iguelvane.
Eremopterix nigriceps, Matmata.
Euodice cantans, Marshla
Hedydipna platura, Gabou
Himantopus himantopus, Matmata.
Lagonostica senegala, Tkhsutin.
Lamprotornis chalybaeus, Gabou
Lamprotornis pulcher, Marshla.
Lanius meridionalis, Acharim.
Melierax metabates, Bouraga
Merops persicus, Matmata.
Motacilla flava flava, N'Beika
Motacilla flava iberiae, Bouraga
Nycticorax nycticorax, Gabou.
Oena capensis, Gabou.
Oenanthe hispanica, Gabou.
Oenenthe leucopyga, Husseiniya.
Passer griseus, N'Beika.
Passer luteus, N'Beika
Passer luteus, grupo, Gabou
Phillomachux pugnax, Bouraga
Phylloscopus bonelli, Gabou
Plectropterus gambensis, Gabou.
Ploceus velatus, N´Beika.
Pterocles lichtensteinii, Matmata.
Pycnonotus barbatus, N'Beika.
Quelea quelea, Marshla.
Rhodopechys githagineus, Daber.
Sarkidiornis melanotos, Bouraga
Streptopelia roseogrisea, Gabou.
Spiloptila clamans, Tagant
Streptopelia senegalensis, Husseiniya.
Sylvia cantillans, Gabou
Tockus nasutus, Gabou.
Tringa glareola, Gabou
Turdoides fulvus, Igini Naam
Upupa epops, Gabou
Urocolius macrourus, Marshla
Vanellus spinosus, Matmata.


Camelus dromedarius, Gabou
Canis adustus, Matmata.
Felovia vae, Husseiniya.
Procavia ruficeps, Daber.
Rhinopoma microphyllum,Moudjeria.
Xeros rutilus, Tagant

Amphibians and reptiles

Acanthodactylus longipes, Gabou.
Agama boulengeri, Ksar al Barka.
Bufo xeros, N'Beika .
Crocodylus niloticus, Matmata.
Geochelone sulcata, Matmata.
Hoplobatrachus occipitalis, El Gdiya.
Uromastyx flavifasciata.
Varanus niloticus, Marshla.


Clarias anguillaris, Bouraga.
Clarias anguillaris, Bouraga.


Danaus chrysippus.
Julodis sp., Gabou.
Pimelia sp., Gabou.
Polyarthron pectinicorne, N'Beika.
Tarucus sp., Gabou.