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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.

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 

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

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

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Irbid - Mafraq plains. Downloaded from on 01/11/2014

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