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Location Jordan, Balqa
Central coordinates 35o 33.42' East  31o 48.70' North
IBA criteria B1i, B1iv, B2, B3
Area 2,500 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Francolin Francolinus francolinus resident  1999  min 25 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
White Stork Ciconia ciconia passage  1999  abundant  B1i  Least Concern 
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus resident  1999  rare  B2  Endangered 
Arabian Babbler Turdoides squamiceps resident  1999  20-40 breeding pairs  B3  Least Concern 
Dead Sea Sparrow Passer moabiticus resident  1999  50 breeding pairs  B3  Least Concern 
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes passage  1999  abundant  B1iv   

IBA Monitoring

2013 high not assessed negligible

Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Not assessed  negligible 

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Maghtas - Sweimeh. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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