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Location Oman, Al Batinah
Central coordinates 57o 2.00' East  24o 3.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i
Area 9,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Site description About 300 km of exposed, sand beach coast facing the Gulf of Oman, extending from As Seeb north-westwards to Shinas. Khawrs (creeks) frequently occur at the mouths of drainage lines; most are transitory, appearing and disappearing according to the occurrence of strong tides and wadi-floods. (The following major khawrs occur within this area, but are dealt with separately due to their ornithological importance -- Kalba, Shinas, Liwa, Ra's/Juzor as Sawadi and Al Qurm -- sites 003, 004, 008 and 010 respectively.)

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Charadrius alexandrinus winter  1989-1992  222-341 individuals  good  B1i  Not Recognised 
Lesser Sandplover Charadrius mongolus winter  1989-1992  277-322 individuals  good  B1i  Least Concern 
Sanderling Calidris alba winter  1989-1992  356-2,500 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans winter  1989-1992  1,137-3,507 individuals  poor  B1i  Least Concern 
Mew Gull Larus canus winter  1990  1,650 individuals  medium  B1i  Least Concern 
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus winter  1989-1992  568-1,754 individuals  poor  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Pallas's Gull Larus ichthyaetus winter  1989-1992  1,216-3,801 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus winter  1989-1992  23,704-35,526 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Slender-billed Gull Larus genei winter  1989-1992  822-1,722 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Greater Crested Tern Thalasseus bergii non-breeding  1989-1992  265-490 individuals  good  B1i  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Khawr Kashnir Natural Resource Reserve 0 protected area contained by site 50  


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
nature conservation and research 1%

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by Simon Albrecht.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Al Batinah coast. Downloaded from on 01/11/2014

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