|Location||Saudi Arabia, Tabuk|
|Central coordinates||36o 40.60' East 28o 21.90' North|
|IBA criteria||B1i, B2|
|Altitude||750 - 800m|
|Year of IBA assessment||1994|
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.
|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|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial landscapes (terrestrial)||35%|
|Artificial landscapes (aquatic)||5%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|Notes: Other: Military|
Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.
Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by A. Stagg.
References Stagg (1989).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: King Faisal Airbase, Tabuk. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 09/12/2013
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