|Location||Iraq, Dhi Qar,Wasit|
|Central coordinates||45o 58.38' East 31o 56.63' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, B1i, B2|
|Altitude||8 - 23m|
|Year of IBA assessment||1994|
Site description A series of small ponds and seasonal wetlands along the 125+ km of the Shatt Al Gharraf waterway between Kut and Shatra, from 32°30'N 45°50'E to 31°25'N 46°10'E. 2014 updates. Now, the majority of these ponds have been turned into agricultural farms and orchards, and very few of them remain on either side of the main motorway between Kut and Shatra. The geology of the area is Mesopotamian alluvium, mainly silts. Four sub-sites were visited at various times during the survey effort
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris||breeding||1997||< 50 individuals||poor||A1, B1i, B2||Vulnerable|
|Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca||winter||1985||6 individuals||poor||B2||Vulnerable|
|Himantopus himantopus||winter||1979||177 individuals||poor||B1i||Not Recognised|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
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 Savage (1968), Scott and Carp (1982). 2014 updates. Coad BW. (2010). Freshwater Fishes of Iraq. PENSOFT Publishers, Sofia-Moscow. No.93.Freshwater Fishes of Iraq. www.briancoad.com Evans MI. (1994). Important Bird Areas in the Middle East. Birdlife Conservation Series No. 2
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