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Location Oman, Al Batinah
Central coordinates 56o 22.00' East  24o 58.50' North
IBA criteria B2
Area 50 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Site description A tidal inlet on the Oman/UAE border on the northern Batinah coast, lined with extensive mangrove Avicennia. Most of the site is in the UAE, but the southern end extends into Oman at Khatmat Milahah.

Key Biodiversity See box for key species. Todirhamphus chloris kalbaensis is resident, and endangered due to its total dependence on the mangrove habitat. Hippolais rama probably breeds.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Collared Kingfisher Todiramphus chloris resident  1993  25 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation minor
rangeland/pastureland minor
forestry minor

Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by Simon Albrecht.

References Cowles (1980).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Khor Kalba. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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