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Location Oman, Al Batinah
Central coordinates 56o 31.00' East  24o 39.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B2
Area 4,400 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 1994





Site description Two extensive tidal inlets on the northern Batinah coast, which support extensive mangrove Avicennia, and are near the towns of Shinas and Liwa respectively.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans winter  1993  930 individuals  poor  B1i  Least Concern 
Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus winter  1993  2,500 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Collared Kingfisher Todiramphus chloris non-breeding  1993  1 individuals  good  B2  Least Concern 

Habitats

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

Land use

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

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by Simon Albrecht; summary bird data supplied by Oman Bird Records Committee (per Jens Eriksen).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Khawr Shinas and Khawr Liwa. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/07/2014

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