|Central coordinates||43o 50.00' East 35o 15.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A4i, B1i, B2|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Ornithological information 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.
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.
|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|
|Great Bittern Botaurus stellaris||winter||1985||present [units unknown]||-||B2||Least Concern|
|Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus||passage||1985||75-100 individuals||poor||B1i||Least Concern|
|Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus||winter||1979||75-100 individuals||poor||B1i||Least Concern|
|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.
Management considerations No conservation measures are known to have been taken. There is no information on current threats to the site, although it may well have been drained for agriculture. No conservation measures are known to have been proposed.
References Marchant and Macnab (1962).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Huweija marshes. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/06/2013
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