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Location Jordan, Amman,Madaba
Central coordinates 35o 45.77' East  31o 47.21' North
IBA criteria B2
Area 24,700 ha
Altitude 900 m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature

Site description Plains of former steppeland, e.g. between Jiza and Hisban and between Rabba and Shihan, now almost wholly converted to dry cultivation of cereals. There is also some irrigated agriculture.

Key Biodiversity See box for key species. The area has been little investigated ornithologically. Winter visitors include Eudromias morinellus (formerly very common, now possibly much reduced).

Non-bird biodiversity: Flora: Colchicum tunicatum (endemic), Romulea bulbocodium (rare), Globularia arabica (rare).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca winter  1993  10 individuals  poor  B2  Vulnerable 

IBA Monitoring

2013 high not assessed negligible

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

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Not assessed  negligible 


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

Land use

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

Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by Ali Sutari (per Adnan Budieri).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Madaba - Hisban. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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