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Location Iraq
Central coordinates 43o 24.35' East  37o 15.85' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, B3
Area 1,809 ha
Altitude 1,250 - 1,950m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Nature Iraq (Affiliate)

Site description The site lies at 1,500-1,700 m and includes the valley containing Benavi village and the adjacent mountain ridge. The slopes are rocky and grassy, with a rich herb flora and isolated Quercus scrub and trees. The local economy depends mainly on sheep grazing.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  1979  unknown  B2  Endangered 
White-throated Robin Irania gutturalis breeding  1979  5 breeding pairs  poor  B3  Least Concern 
Cinereous Bunting Emberiza cineracea breeding  1979  unknown  A1, B3  Near Threatened 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland   major
Shrubland   major
Forest   minor

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
rangeland/pastureland major
forestry minor
hunting major
military major

Other biodiversity Flora: there are Anemone assemblages, including A. blanda. The general area is very important for harbouring wild relatives of important cereal crop species.

Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by Pavel Ctyroky.

References Chapman and McGeoch (1956), Ctyroký (1987), McGeoch (1963). 2014 updates. Evans, M.I. (ed.) (1994). Important Bird Areas in the Middle East. BirdLife Conservation Series No. 2. Cambridge, U.K.: BirdLife International

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Benavi and Sararu . Downloaded from on 02/09/2014

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