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Location Saudi Arabia, Al Jawf
Central coordinates 37o 23.60' East  29o 43.20' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, B3
Area 1,220,000 ha
Altitude 900 - 1,400m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

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.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos tracheliotos resident  1993  10 breeding pairs  good  A1, B2  Vulnerable 
Hooded Wheatear Oenanthe monacha breeding  1993  uncommon  B3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
At-Tubayq Protected Area 1,220,000 protected area contains site 500,000  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Desert   major
Rocky areas   minor

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 100%
rangeland/pastureland minor

Other biodiversity Mammals: Capra nubiana (I).

Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by M. C. Jennings.

References Jennings (1992).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: At-Tubayq. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/08/2014

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