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Location Saudi Arabia, 'Asir
Central coordinates 41o 26.80' East  18o 25.20' North
IBA criteria B2
Area 150 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Saudi Wildlife Commission (Affiliate)

Site description An area of mangrove on the southern Red Sea shore, 30 km north-west of al-Birk. A shallow, muddy bay with large stands of Avicennia marina. The subtidal zone is sandy with seagrass beds. There is a local fishery.

Key Biodiversity See box for key species. Other breeding species include Butorides striatus and Pandion haliaetus, and possibly Pelecanus rufescens (also winters: max. 21), Platalea leucorodia, Acrocephalus stentoreus and A. baeticatus.

Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals: Dugong dugon (V).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Collared Kingfisher Todiramphus chloris resident  1993  3-5 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 

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)
Sea   minor
Wetlands (inland)   major
Coastline   major
Forest   major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture minor
rangeland/pastureland minor
forestry minor

Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by A. Stagg.

References Stagg (1984a).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Khawr 'Amiq. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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