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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.

Key Biodiversity See box for key species. The endangered subspecies Todirhamphus chloris kalbaensis occurs irregularly in the mangrove as a non-breeder. Hippolais rama probably breeds. Roosting Larus ichthyaetus (max. 103), L. ridibundus and L. cachinnans/L. argentatus occur at the khawrs and on nearby beaches in winter. A total of 118 species has been recorded.

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
Larus cachinnans winter  1993  930 individuals  poor  B1i  Not Recognised 
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 


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

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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Khawr Shinas and Khawr Liwa. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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