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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. .

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 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   major
Wetlands (inland)   major
Artificial - aquatic   major

Other biodiversity No information available to BirdLife International.

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 (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hindiya Barrage. Downloaded from on 23/10/2014

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