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Location Iraq, Maysan
Central coordinates 46o 54.00' East  32o 5.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2
Area 200 ha
Altitude 30 m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Nature Iraq (Affiliate)

Site description A group of 14 artificial ponds constructed for wildfowl hunting, in the basin of the former Haur Al Haushiya, on the east bank of the River Tigris, north of the village of Al Kumait.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Gadwall Anas strepera winter  1979  1,310 individuals  poor  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris breeding  1997  poor  A1, B1i, B2  Vulnerable 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta winter  1979  500 individuals  poor  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - aquatic   100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting 100%

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 Georg and Vielliard (1968), Scott and Carp (1982).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Haur Al Haushiya. Downloaded from on 17/04/2014

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