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Upper Mountains of Akkar-Donnieh
Lebanon, North Lebanon
36o 12.46' East 34o 26.93' North
A1, A2, A3, A4iv
665 - 1,890m
Year of IBA assessment
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
Key Biodiversity There is a healthy breeding population of Syrian Serins and several other globally-threatened species have been recorded here on migration. Thirteen breeding Biome-restricted Species breed here: Tawny Owl Strix aluco, Masked Shrike, Sombre Tit Poecile lugubris, Upcher’s Warbler,Sardinian Warbler, Western Rock Nuthatch, White-throated Robin, Black-eared Wheatear,Finsch’s Wheatear Oenanthe finschii, Pale Rockfinch, Syrian Serin, Crimson-winged Finch Rhodopechys sanquineus and Black-headed Bunting as well as very healthy populations of many commoner species. Although there is apparently little soaring bird migration in the spring, the site is more important in the autumn when large flocks of White Stork, White Pelican, Levant Sparrowhawk and Common Crane have been seen passing over.