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Location Iraq, Babil
Central coordinates 44o 17.00' East  32o 42.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B1i, B2, B3
Area 0 ha
Altitude 30 m
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 [units unknown]  A1  Vulnerable 
Great Bittern Botaurus stellaris breeding  1985  unknown [units unknown]  B2  Least Concern 
Goliath Heron Ardea goliath resident  1985  rare [units unknown]  B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni breeding  1955  unknown [units unknown]  B2  Near Threatened 
Dead Sea Sparrow Passer moabiticus passage  1985  present [units unknown]  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).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hindiya barrage. Downloaded from on 16/04/2014

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