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Location Oman, Al Wusta
Central coordinates 57o 48.00' East  19o 48.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2
Area 12 ha
Altitude 0 - 98m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Site description A small, isolated island rising abruptly from the sea to 98 m, 6 km due east of the village of Nafun on the mainland. The island is uninhabited and now unused by man, although guano used to be extracted.

Key Biodiversity See box for key species. Phaethon aethereus breeds (probably at least 7 pairs).

Non-bird biodiversity: Invertebrates: the seabird tick Ornithodoros muesebecki occurs (endemic to islands of eastern Arabia).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Socotra Cormorant Phalacrocorax nigrogularis non-breeding  1993  10,000-15,000 individuals  good  A1, A4i, B1i, B2  Vulnerable 


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised 100%

Acknowledgements Information compiled by M. I. Evans.

References Gallagher (1993).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Hamr an Nafur. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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