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Location Iraq, Wasit
Central coordinates 46o 12.00' East  32o 5.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, B2
Area 8,000 ha
Altitude 17 m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Nature Iraq (Affiliate)

Site description Two small haurs largely overgrown with reeds Phragmites, on the plains south-east of Al Hayy. The haurs are fed by the Shatt Al Gharraf.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Basra Reed-warbler Acrocephalus griseldis breeding  1985  present  A1, A2, B2  Endangered 


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.

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 Carp (1980), Georg and Savage (1970a).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Haur Al Hachcham and Haur Maraiba. Downloaded from on 25/10/2014

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