|Central coordinates||32o 33.00' East 29o 58.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4iv|
|Altitude||0 - 800m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description The city of Suez is located at the head of the Gulf of Suez, the northernmost point of the Red Sea. It overlooks the southern entrance to the Suez Canal and the Bay of Suez to the east and south-east. To the south-west a wide plain separates the city from Gebel Ataqa (871 m) and the Isthmic Desert plains lie to the north-east. A freshwater canal and a narrow band of cultivated land extend along the western bank of the Suez Canal and reach the northern suburbs of the city. The Bay of Suez once had some of the largest and richest intertidal mudflats in the Egyptian Red Sea; today only small fragments remain. Suez has a busy port and a growing number of industries consisting, primarily, of petrochemical and fertilizer factories. The human population of Suez numbers around 250,000.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni||passage||1981-1990||26-50 individuals||good||A1||Least Concern|
|Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga||passage||1981-1990||86 individuals||good||A1||Vulnerable|
|Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca||passage||1981-1990||556 individuals||good||A1||Vulnerable|
|Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus||passage||1981-1990||11-20 individuals||good||A1||Near Threatened|
|White-eyed Gull Larus leucophthalmus||non-breeding||1983-1998||30 individuals||poor||A1||Near Threatened|
|A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes||passage||1981-1990||125,000-134,000 individuals||good||A4iv|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
References Bijlsma (1983), Wimpfheimer et al. (1983).
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