Sites - Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)
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Saudi Arabia, Al Jawf
37o 23.60' East 29o 43.20' North
A1, B2, B3
900 - 1,400m
Year of IBA assessment
Saudi Wildlife Commission (Affiliate)
Site description This huge area is a raised platform of old, dark sandstone rising 300-400 m above the undulating sandy plain which surrounds it. The ramparts are extremely broken and rocky, precipitous in places, but the plateau is flat. There is no permanent water and, apart from a flush of ephemeral plant growth after rains, vegetation is limited to drought-resistant shrubs (e.g. Haloxylon) and grasses with a few stunted Acacia trees.
Key Biodiversity See box for key species. Other breeding species include Buteo rufinus, Aquila chrysaetos (probably 2-3 pairs), Cursorius cursor and Rhodopechys githaginea. This is one of the last areas in Arabia where Struthio camelus occurred and might be a possible reintroduction site.