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Location Somalia, Woqooyi Galbeed
Central coordinates 43o 28.00' East  11o 28.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii
Area 690 ha
Altitude 0 - 7m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Site description The site consists of two adjacent islands in the Gulf of Aden, close to the border with Djibouti in the extreme north-west of the country. Jasiira Ceebaad (Aibat island) (c.150 ha) lies 16 km north of the coastal town of Saylac. It is low-lying and exposed, with sandy beaches and sandflats plus coral reefs that are uncovered at low tide. Vegetation cover is principally Suaeda fruticosa. Nearby Jasiira Sacaada Diin (Saada Din island) (c.540 ha, maximum elevation c.3.6 m) supports an area of Rhizophora mucronata mangroves bordering a lagoon.

Key Biodiversity See Box for key species. There is no recent information, but Larus leucophthalmus bred in thousands on both islands during the first half of the twentieth century. In addition to those listed below, breeding species reported in the past include Sula leucogaster, Larus hemprichii, Sterna repressa (several hundred), S. bergii and S. bengalensis (less than 1,000 of the latter two combined). Sula dactylatra has also been reported from Jasiira Ceebaad as have colonies of Egretta gularis and Platalea leucorodia from Sacaada Diin. Numerous species of Palearctic migrant waders and waterfowl also occur seasonally.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Crab-plover Dromas ardeola breeding  1,000 breeding pairs  A4i  Least Concern 
White-eyed Gull Larus leucophthalmus breeding  200 breeding pairs  A1, A4i  Near Threatened 
Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus breeding  100,000 breeding pairs  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds breeding  100,000-499,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry -
other -
Notes: Firewood collection.

References Archer and Godman (1937, 1961).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Jasiira Ceebaad and Jasiira Sacaada Diin. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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