|Central coordinates||43o 22.00' East 37o 10.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A3, B2, B3|
|Altitude||1,450 - 1,850m|
|Year of IBA assessment||1994|
Site description Ser Amadiya is an east-west mountain ridge rising to c.2,000 m, just north-west of the town of Amadiya in Kurdistan and c.20 km south of the Turkish border. The section of the Amadiya valley to the south lies at 1,450-1,550 m, 3 km west of Amadiya. The site includes rocky cliffs at Sulaf and gorges to the south, e.g. Sulaf, Geli-e-Mazurka. The treeline is at c.1,650 m, and the ridge has a grassy saddle at 1,850 m. The area to the north descends through thin scrub and shrubs to scrub Quercus and Juniperus forest with a rocky and grassy floor and numerous streams and springs. Along the valley streams in the south there are Populus trees with grass and scrub, and the valley slopes are rocky, with grass and Quercus bushes. Patches of cultivation, e.g. tobacco fields, surround the small villages. Summers are hot and dry, and winters are cold with snow.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus||resident||1955||1 breeding pairs||poor||B2||Least Concern|
|Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus||resident||1955||1 breeding pairs||poor||B2||Least Concern|
|Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus||breeding||1955||1 breeding pairs||poor||B2||Endangered|
|Sombre Tit Parus lugubris||resident||1963||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Western Rock-nuthatch Sitta neumayer||resident||1979||common [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Eastern Rock-nuthatch Sitta tephronota||resident||1959||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|White-throated Robin Irania gutturalis||breeding||1979||2 breeding pairs||poor||A3, B3||Least Concern|
|Cinereous Bunting Emberiza cineracea||breeding||1985||1 individuals||poor||A1, A3, B2||Near Threatened|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity Flora: 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), Harrison (1959), McGeoch (1963), Moore and Boswell (1956-1957).
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