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Location Jordan, Irbid,Mafraq
Central coordinates 36o 2.71' East  32o 29.71' North
IBA criteria A1, B2
Area 29,200 ha
Altitude 600 m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature

Site description Agricultural plains between Irbid and Mafraq, with dry and irrigated cultivation of cereals.

Key Biodiversity See box for key species. Breeding species include Charadrius leschenaultii. Wintering species include Grus grus and probably Eudromias morinellus.

Non-bird biodiversity: Flora: Verbascum transjordanicum (endemic), Biarum eximum (rare) and Narcissus tazetta (experiencing collecting pressure).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca passage  1993  uncommon  B2  Vulnerable 
Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius passage  1993  present  A1, B2  Critically Endangered 

IBA Monitoring

2013 high not assessed medium

Agriculture and aquaculture annual & perennial non-timber crops - shifting agriculture happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species  Not assessed  medium 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Mafraq - Irbid plain Other Area 29,200 is identical to site 29,200  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   major
Grassland   minor

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture major
rangeland/pastureland minor
urban/industrial/transport minor

Acknowledgements Information compiled by J. al-Joundi & A. Budieri.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Irbid - Mafraq plains. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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