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Location Iraq, Maysan
Central coordinates 47o 1.00' East  31o 40.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2
Area 25,000 ha
Altitude 14 m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Nature Iraq (Affiliate)



Site description A complex of shallow lagoons and vast reedbeds with some areas of sedge marsh between the villages of Maymund and Salam, about 20 km south-west of Amara. The southern end of these marshes lies a few kilometres to the north of the Feraigat Marshes at the extreme northern end of the main Haur Al Hammar marshes.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
African Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus winter  1979  36 individuals  poor  A4i, B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus winter  1979  773 individuals  poor  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus winter  1985  109 individuals  poor  A1, A4i, B1i, B2  Vulnerable 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca winter  1985  5 individuals  poor  B2  Vulnerable 
White-tailed Sea-eagle Haliaeetus albicilla winter  1985  2 individuals  poor  B2  Least Concern 
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa winter  1979  480 individuals  poor  B1i  Near Threatened 

Habitats

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 Georg and Vielliard (1970), Scott and Carp (1982).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Haur Al Rayan and Umm Osbah. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/08/2014

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