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Location Qatar, Jariyan al Batnah
Central coordinates 51o 17.00' East  24o 38.00' North
IBA criteria B1i
Area 12,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

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Site description A very large tidal inlet with sandy islands, in the south-east corner of Qatar.

Key Biodiversity Breeding species include Pandion haliaetus and Sterna caspia (1 pair, October 1981). In winter, large concentrations of Phoenicopterus ruber are reported to occur, and significant numbers of other waterbirds may also occur, including Phalacrocorax carbo, P. nigrogularis, waders and gulls Larus and terns Sterna.

Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals: unidentified whales recorded, possibly Balaenoptera edeni (K). The area may be an important feeding ground for dolphins. Reptiles: the site may be an important feeding ground for sea-turtles (globally threatened).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus winter  1972  common  B1i  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2013 high not assessed not assessed

Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) very rapid to severe deterioration high


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

Land use

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

Acknowledgements Information compiled by M. I. Evans.

References Gallagher et al. (1984).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Khor al-Udeid. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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