|Location||Saudi Arabia, Jizan|
|Central coordinates||43o 5.94' East 17o 15.48' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2, B2, B3|
|Altitude||500 - 2,000m|
|Year of IBA assessment||1994|
Site description An isolated steep-sided jabal on the western side of the Asir mountains (above 500 m). The temperate summit area (c.2,000 m) is heavily built up and cultivated, with Juniperus in parts too steep for terracing, as well as various broadleaved shrubs and bushes, Ficus and a few Dracaena trees, as well as introduced Eucalyptus and Opuntia. At lower altitudes Adenium obesum and Commiphora occur. The western slopes have considerable rainfall but there is very little permanent water on the summit area and supplies for crops are brought up by bowser.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Arabian Partridge Alectoris melanocephala||resident||1993||present||-||B3||Least Concern|
|Arabian Woodpecker Dendropicos dorae||resident||1993||present||-||A1, B2||Vulnerable|
|Arabian Warbler Sylvia leucomelaena||resident||1993||present||-||B3||Least Concern|
|Arabian Waxbill Estrilda rufibarba||resident||1993||present||-||A2, B3||Least Concern|
|Olive-rumped Serin Serinus rothschildi||resident||1993||present||-||B3||Least Concern|
|Yemen Linnet Carduelis yemenensis||resident||1993||present||-||A2, B3||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial - terrestrial||major|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity Mammals: the only Saudi Arabian site for several small species. Reptiles: the only Saudi Arabian site for several species, including Varanus yemenensis (endemic). Flora: the site is of very high botanical interest; features include a grove of the tree Mimusops laurifolia (rare), the largest trees in Saudi Arabia.
Acknowledgements Data-sheets compiled by P. Symens and M. C. Jennings.
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