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Location Saudi Arabia, Tabuk
Central coordinates 36o 40.60' East  28o 21.90' North
IBA criteria B1i, B2
Area 150 ha
Altitude 750 - 800m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Saudi Wildlife Commission (Affiliate)

Site description Sewage settling lagoons within the airbase which support large reedbeds Phragmites, though these are subject to cutting and burning. The lagoons are bordered partly by sand and scrub desert, partly by areas with irrigated trees (mainly Eucalyptus), shrubs and grass. About 10 km from the base and c.5 km from Military City is a reservoir of c.100 ha in an area of desert bordered by military training grounds. The Tabuk area, surrounded on three sides by mountains, was formerly desert but is now intensively cultivated.

Key Biodiversity See box for key species. Breeding birds of the sewage lagoons include Ixobrychus minutus (possible), Rallus aquaticus, Porzana parva, P. pusilla (possible), Charadrius dubius, Acrocephalus stentoreus and Rhodopechys obsoleta (10-15 pairs). The importance of the reservoir is not yet known as it has been visited only twice, in March and April 1990, when birds present included grebes, c.1,000 ducks, c.700 Fulica atra, waders and c.400 Chlidonias leucopterus.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca breeding  1993  4-9 breeding pairs  good  B1i, B2  Near Threatened 

IBA Monitoring

2013 low not assessed negligible

No known threats no known threats happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Not assessed  negligible 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   35%
Desert   60%
Artificial - aquatic   5%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
military major
Notes: Other: Military
rangeland/pastureland minor
water management minor

Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by A. Stagg.

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References Stagg (1989).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: King Faisal Airbase, Tabuk. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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