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Location Saudi Arabia, 'Asir
Central coordinates 41o 53.20' East  17o 48.20' North
IBA criteria A1, B2
Area 200 ha
Altitude 0 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Saudi Wildlife Commission (Affiliate)

Site description An area of mangrove on the southern Red Sea shore, c.20 km north-west of the town of Shuqaiq (west of ad-Darb). A shallow bay with large intertidal mudflats, stands of mangrove Avicennia and offshore 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. 35), 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
White-eyed Gull Larus leucophthalmus winter  1993  45 individuals  good  A1, B2  Near Threatened 
Collared Kingfisher Todiramphus chloris resident  1993  2-5 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2013 high not assessed negligible

Natural system modifications other ecosystem modifications happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Not assessed  negligible 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Sea   minor
Forest   major
Coastline   major

Land use

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

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

References Stagg (1984a).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Shuqaiq mangrove. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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