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Location Lebanon, North Lebanon
Central coordinates 36o 12.46' East  34o 26.93' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3, A4iv
Area 5,270 ha
Altitude 665 - 1,890m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Society for the Protection of Nature and Natural Resources in Lebanon

Summary Located at the northern end of Mount Lebanon, this IBA covers a total area of 5270ha, and holds 134 bird species and at least 500 species floral diversity. The site holds at least 28 pairs of Syrian Serin (regional endemic sp.) It is mountainous forest dominated by Turkey Oak, Fir, Cedar of Lebanon and Juniper. The whole site is part of the planned National Park for Lebanon.

Site description Located at the northern extremity of the Mount Lebanon range, The Upper Mountains of Akkar-Donnieh IBA is made up of four adjoining sites: Qammouaa, Fnaideq, Mechmech and Wadi Jouhanam

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Sombre Tit Parus lugubris resident  2007  5 individuals  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Upcher's Warbler Hippolais languida breeding  2007  5 individuals  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Western Rock-nuthatch Sitta neumayer resident  2007  1-6 individuals  medium  A3  Least Concern 
White-throated Robin Irania gutturalis breeding  2007  2 individuals  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Finsch's Wheatear Oenanthe finschii breeding  2007  5 individuals  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Pale Rock Sparrow Petronia brachydactyla breeding  2005-2008  35-54 individuals  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Syrian Serin Serinus syriacus breeding  2007  24 breeding pairs  medium  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes passage  2007  20,000-49,999 individuals  poor  A4iv   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Temperate  major
Grassland   major
Rocky areas   minor
Artificial - terrestrial Plantations  minor

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Upper Mountains of Akkar-Donnieh. Downloaded from on 25/10/2014

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