|Central coordinates||45o 28.00' East 32o 12.00' North|
|Altitude||14 - 23m|
|Year of IBA assessment||1994|
Site description A large, isolated haur to the west of the River Tigris, about 35 km south-west of Kut town. The haur receives overflow from irrigation canals and floodwater from the Tigris. 2014 updates. Dalmaj wetland contains both terrestrial habitats ranging from arid areas to true desert with sand dunes, and a large body of water that can be divided into an open-water lake reaching depths exceeding 2 m and true marshes with dense reedbeds and shallower water (less than 1 m). The geology of the area is Mesopotamian alluvium, mainly silts.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||winter||1979||20,000 individuals||poor||A4iii|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity No information available to BirdLife International.
Protection status 2014 updates. Due to the biological diversity of the marsh and the many threats it faces, Dalmaj would particularly benefit from more formal protection and in 2013, this site was identified as a proposed protected area by the National Protected Area Committee (NPAC)
Acknowledgements Information compiled by Dr D. A. Scott and D. J. Brooks, reviewed by Dr Khalid Y. Al-Dabbagh and Dr Hanna Y. Siman.
References 2014 updates. Coad B. W. (2010) Freshwater Fishes of Iraq.PENSOFT Publishers, Sofia-Moscow.No.93. Evans, M.I. (1994) Important Bird Areas in the Middle East.International Council for Bird Preservation, Cambridge, UK.
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