Sites - Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)
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Saudi Arabia, Makkah
41o 6.00' East 18o 59.00' North
A4i, B1i, B3
0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment
Saudi Wildlife Commission (Affiliate)
Site description Two small, flat, fossil-coral islands in the Red Sea (12 ha and 2.7 ha), south-west of Qunfudah town. Rainfall is light and erratic, but there is often a heavy dew and the islands are exceedingly well vegetated, with thickets up to 3 m tall of Salvadora and Suaeda; on more open ground there is Cyperus, Atriplex and Zygophyllum.
Key Biodiversity See box for key species. Other breeding birds include Butorides striatus (2 pairs), Egretta gularis (7 pairs), Pandion haliaetus (2 pairs) and Streptopelia roseogrisea (c.500 pairs). Small numbers of Pelecanus rufescens roost on the beaches in winter.
Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.