|Location||Saudi Arabia, Al Jawf|
|Central coordinates||37o 23.60' East 29o 43.20' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, B2, B3|
|Altitude||900 - 1,400m|
|Year of IBA assessment||1994|
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.
Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals: Capra nubiana (I).
|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|
|Transportation and service corridors||utility & service lines||likely in short term (within 4 years)||small area/few individuals (<10%)||moderate to rapid deterioration||low|
|Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation||A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species||Not assessed||medium|
|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|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||100%|
Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by M. C. Jennings.
References Jennings (1992).
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