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Location Iran, Islamic Republic of, Hormozgan
Central coordinates 56o 48.00' East  27o 8.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B2, B3
Area 11,800 ha
Altitude 0 - 50m
Year of IBA assessment 1994





Site description A 55 km stretch of coast along the Straits of Hormoz, c.10-70 km east of Bandar Abbas, incorporating three river deltas. The site includes extensive intertidal mudflats (over 1 km wide), significant stands of mangrove at the river mouths and along adjacent creeks, long sand beaches, low sandbars and sand spits, and two large shallow bays, Khor Tiab and Khor Kolahy, near the mouth of the Rud-i Minab in the east. The rivers flow only after erratic rainfall in the interior, usually in winter. The waters of the Rud-i-Shirin and Rud-i-Minab are fresh, but the Rud-i-Shur is somewhat brackish. Mangrove Avicennia marina occurs at the river mouths, and fringes the tidal creeks. The adjacent arid plain supports a sparse woodland of Acacia, Prosopis, Ziziphus and Tamarix with large areas of bare, sandy flats. Land ownership is public. There are a few small settlements, generally with date gardens. Fishing is important.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Goliath Heron Ardea goliath winter  1977  1 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Great White Egret Ardea alba winter  1987-1992  250 individuals  good  B1i  Least Concern 
Haematopus ostralegus winter  1970-1977  3,500 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Not Recognised 
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica winter  1970-1977  5,000 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata winter  1970-1977  1,500 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Near Threatened 
Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans winter  1987-1992  3,000 individuals  poor  B1i  Least Concern 
Sind Woodpecker Dendrocopos assimilis resident  1977  2 individuals  poor  B3  Least Concern 
Small Whitethroat Sylvia minula winter  1977  10 individuals  poor  B3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Deltas of Rud-e-Shur, Rud-e-Shirin and Rud-e-Minab Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 45,000 protected area contained by site 45,000  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Desert   major
Sea   major
Coastline   major
Forest   minor

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 100%
rangeland/pastureland minor
forestry minor

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by Dr D. A. Scott, reviewed by Dept of Environment.

References Carp (1980), Ramsar Convention Bureau (1993), Scott (1975b, 1976a,c), Summers et al. (1987).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Rud-i-Shur, Rud-i-Shirin and Rud-i-Minab deltas. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/07/2014

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