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Location Iraq, Al-Qadisiyah,Wasit
Central coordinates 45o 28.00' East  32o 12.00' North
IBA criteria A4iii
Area 92,076 ha
Altitude 14 - 23m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Nature Iraq (Affiliate)

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.

Populations of IBA trigger species

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)
Wetlands (inland)   100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
unknown -

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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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Dalmaj Marsh. Downloaded from on 22/07/2014

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