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Location Iraq, At-Ta'mim
Central coordinates 43o 50.00' East  35o 15.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B2
Area 30,000 ha
Altitude 230 m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Nature Iraq (Affiliate)

Site description An area of marshes and lakes c.65 km west-south-west of Kirkuk, along the pipeline road. Wheat is cultivated on the surrounding plains.

Key Biodiversity A wide selection of ducks, waders and other waterbirds, mostly in small numbers, occurs in winter and on passage. Vanellus indicus and V. leucurus are common breeding species.

Non-bird biodiversity: Flora: the general area is very important for harbouring wild relatives of important cereal crop species.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons passage  1985  2,000 individuals  poor  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris winter  1985  present  B2  Least Concern 
Himantopus himantopus passage  1985  75-100 individuals  poor  B1i  Not Recognised 
Himantopus himantopus winter  1979  75-100 individuals  poor  B1i  Not Recognised 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland)   major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -

Acknowledgements Information from S. Marchant.

References Marchant and Macnab (1962).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Huweija marshes. Downloaded from on 29/10/2016

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