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Location Iraq, Babil
Central coordinates 44o 16.00' East  32o 44.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B1i, B2, B3
Area 278 ha
Altitude 32 - 50m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Nature Iraq (Affiliate)

Site description A barrage on the River Euphrates c.5 km south of Al Musayyib and c.65 km south of Baghdad. In 1934 there were a few marshy spots and pools near the river, with Salix patches, extensive fruit and vegetable gardens and date-palm groves, and further away open irrigated land with corn and scrub. .

Key Biodiversity There is little information from the site since the 1930s. Other breeding species included Podiceps nigricollis, Circus aeruginosus (common), Porphyrio porphyrio (common), Glareola pratincola, Cursorius cursor, Vanellus leucurus (common), Larus genei, Sterna hirundo (large colonies) and Halcyon smyrnensis (abundant). Calidris minuta occurred in large numbers on passage.

Non-bird biodiversity: No information available to BirdLife International.

2014 updates. Additional Important Bird Observation: During the survey, 28 bird species were observed. In addition to those listed in the table above, the site supported two breeding Sahara-Sindian Desert biome-restricted species but these did not trigger inclusion under the A3 criterion. The endemic race of Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis iraquensis and endemic race of Hooded Crow Corvus cornix capellanus (also known as Mesopotamian Crow) breed at the site. Hunters and locals reported that Marbled Duck Marmaronetta angustirostris breeds. Other Important Fauna: No observations were made at this site but local reports suggested the presence of wild cats and foxes (species could not be distinguished).There was no fish survey, but fishermen report the presence of the introduced species Tilapia zillii.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris breeding  1914-1918  common  A1  Vulnerable 
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris breeding  1985  unknown  B2  Least Concern 
Goliath Heron Ardea goliath resident  1985  rare  B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni breeding  1955  unknown  B2  Near Threatened 
Dead Sea Sparrow Passer moabiticus passage  1985  present  B3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2013 high not assessed negligible

Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid 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
Wetlands (inland)   major
Artificial - aquatic   major

Acknowledgements Information compiled by D. J. Brooks, reviewed by Dr Khalid Y. Al-Dabbagh and Dr Hanna Y. Siman.

References Moore and Boswell (1956-1957), Ticehurst et al. (1921-1922, 1926). Evans, M.I. (1994). Important Bird Areas in the Middle East. Cambridge, UK: BirdLife International. Birdlife Conservation Series No. 2.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Hindiya Barrage. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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