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Location Iraq, Al-Muthanna
Central coordinates 45o 30.00' East  31o 21.00' North
IBA criteria A4iii, B1i, B2
Area 20,000 ha
Altitude 13 m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Nature Iraq (Affiliate)



Site description An isolated haur c.5 km north of the River Euphrates and c.80 km west-north-west of Nasiriya, fed by floodwater from the Euphrates.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris breeding  1997  present  B1i, B2  Vulnerable 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1979  20,000 individuals  poor  A4iii   

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 Carp (1980), Georg and Savage (1970a), Scott and Carp (1982).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Haur Lafta. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/09/2014

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