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Location Iraq, Maysan
Central coordinates 46o 48.00' East  31o 55.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2
Area 40,000 ha
Altitude 12 m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Nature Iraq (Affiliate)



Site description The second in the chain of large haurs stretching from Haur Sa'adiyah in the north to Haur Al Hammar in the south. The haur receives overflow from Haur Sa'adiyah to the north and from the River Tigris to the east (Georg and Savage 1968).

Key Biodiversity The site has not been ornithologically surveyed, but is likely to be of major importance given its size and proximity to wetlands of known importance.

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
unset
Unknown

Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

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

Habitats

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 (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Haur Sanniya. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/12/2014

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