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Location Saudi Arabia, 'Asir
Central coordinates 42o 13.62' East  18o 54.48' North
IBA criteria B2, B3
Area 6,800 ha
Altitude 2,100 - 2,700m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Saudi Wildlife Commission (Affiliate)

Site description Shallal ad-Dahna lies 90 km north of Abha on the road to Taif and comprises broken granite hill country at 2,400-2,700 m covered with Juniperus and Acacia scrub. The site contains one of the very few permanent waterfalls of the country, and a pool.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Arabian Partridge Alectoris melanocephala resident  1993  present  B3  Least Concern 
Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus non-breeding  1993  rare  B2  Near Threatened 
Hume's Owl Strix butleri resident  1993  present  B3  Least Concern 
Black-billed Magpie Pica pica resident  1993  3 breeding pairs  good  B3  Least Concern 
Olive-rumped Serin Serinus rothschildi resident  1993  present  B3  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland   major
Wetlands (inland)   minor

Other biodiversity The fauna is unusually rich in Palearctic relict species; vertebrate species include the shrew Crocidura russula, the snake Eirenis coronella fennelli, the toad Bufo viridis, and the frogs Rana ridibunda and Hyla savignyi.

Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by A. Stagg and P. Symens.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Shallal ad-Dahna. Downloaded from on 20/10/2014

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