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Location Iraq, Maysan
Central coordinates 46o 46.00' East  32o 19.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2
Area 57 ha
Altitude 15 m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Nature Iraq (Affiliate)

Site description A long, narrow haur, largely overgrown with reeds Phragmites, stretching for 50 km from north to south (32°07'N--32°31'N) on the east bank of the River Tigris south-east of Ali Al Gharbi. The haur is fed by overflow from the Tigris and seasonal streams from the hill ranges to the north-east.

Key Biodiversity The site has not been ornithologically surveyed, and there is no specific information. However, the size of the wetland and its reedbed habitat suggest that it is important for birds.

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

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris breeding  1997  50-249 individuals  poor  A1, A4i, B1i, B2  Vulnerable 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1979  20,000 individuals  poor  A4iii   

IBA Monitoring

2013 high not assessed negligible

Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - large dams happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Not assessed  negligible 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland)   100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
unknown -

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Haur Sarut. Downloaded from on 30/09/2016

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