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Location Oman, Muscat
Central coordinates 58o 30.00' East  23o 41.00' North
IBA criteria B2
Area 600 ha
Altitude 0 - 77m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Site description A rocky island, 77 m high, near Muscat. There is a navigation beacon on top.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Sooty Falcon Falco concolor breeding  1993  6-20 breeding pairs  good  B2  Near Threatened 
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  1993  1 breeding pairs  good  B2  Endangered 


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
urban/industrial/transport minor

Other biodiversity The sea between the island and the mainland has a particularly high coral diversity and is included within the site's area. Mammals: unidentified baleen whales Balaenoptera are occasionally seen feeding around the island.

Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by Simon Albrecht.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Fahl Island. Downloaded from on 25/10/2014

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