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Location Sri Lanka, Eastern,Southern,Uva
Central coordinates 81o 29.00' East  6o 30.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3, A4i
Area 47,053 ha
Altitude 0 - 1,200m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka (Affiliate)

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus resident  2004  unknown  A1  Vulnerable 
Black-headed Ibis Threskiornis melanocephalus resident  2004  unknown  A4i  Near Threatened 
Spot-billed Pelican Pelecanus philippensis resident  2004  unknown  A1  Near Threatened 
Oriental Darter Anhinga melanogaster resident  2004  unknown  A4i  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Yala Strict Nature Reserve 28,905 protected area contained by site 28,905  
Yala (Ruhuna) National Park 13,679 protected area contains site 47,053  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Dry evergreen forest (tropical)  -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Yala. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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