|Central coordinates||44o 55.00' East 33o 25.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2|
|Year of IBA assessment||1994|
Site description An area of semi-desertic plains, arable land, grassland, temporary inundation and small permanent marshes c.40 km east-north-east of Baghdad. The marshes are fed mainly from the Baquba area to the north and are surrounded by Phragmites and Typha beds. The area is grazed, and adjacent plains are dominated by Alhaja and Acacia. The local human population is very sparse, and the environment is unusually intact.
Key Biodiversity The site is important for wintering waterfowl, and 8,800 ducks and geese and Fulica atra were recorded in January 1975. Other breeding species include Glareola pratincola (14 pairs). Charadrius asiaticus occurs on passage (max. 300). Data shown in box, from Carp (1975a, 1975b) and Scott and Carp (1982), may include some winter counts from the Baghdad area.
Non-bird biodiversity: Flora: the general area is very important for harbouring wild relatives of important cereal crop species.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea||winter||1975-1979||209-412 individuals||poor||B1i||Least Concern|
|Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca||winter||1979||13 individuals||poor||B1i, B2||Near Threatened|
|Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa||winter||1975||2,500 individuals||poor||A4i, B1i||Near Threatened|
|Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni||breeding||1977-1981||20 breeding pairs||poor||A1, B2||Near Threatened|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||winter||1975-1979||20,000 individuals||poor||A4iii|
|Agricultural expansion and intensification||annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming||happening now||majority/most of area/population (50-90%)||slow but significant deterioration||high|
|Little/none of site covered (<10%)||No management planning has taken place||Not assessed||negligible|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial - terrestrial||major|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by Dr Hanna Y. Siman.
References Carp (1975a,b), Scott and Carp (1982).
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