Sites - Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)
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Saudi Arabia, Ar Riyad
46o 49.50' East 24o 23.20' North
A1, B1i, B2
480 - 600m
Year of IBA assessment
Saudi Wildlife Commission (Affiliate)
Site description An artificial, permanently flowing river of treated effluent run-off, running for 50 km along Wadi Hanifah, 25 km south of Riyadh. The river flows mostly between rocky cliffs, incorporating many pools fringed with reeds and Tamarix. In several places wide lagoons are formed between sand-dunes, and there are some adjacent small and medium-sized pivot-irrigation farms.
Key Biodiversity See box for key species. Other breeding species include Ixobrychus minutus, Ardeola ralloides, Ardea purpurea and Acrocephalus scirpaceus. Other wintering species include Ciconia nigra, Aquila clanga (20) and Circus aeruginosus (17). Over 220 species have been recorded.
Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.