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Location Syria, Al Hasakah
Central coordinates 40o 22.00' East  36o 25.00' North
IBA criteria B2
Area 45,000 ha
Altitude 600 - 920m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Syrian Society for the Conservation of Wildlife (Affiliate)

Site description A mountain range (up to 920 m) lying west of Al-Hasakah and running for c.50 km east–west. The southern slopes are gentle, but the northern slopes are a very steep, linear scarp with frequent cliffs. Numerous small wadis drain the slopes. The steppe vegetation includes Pistacia, Prunus and Rhamnus scrub, with extensive shrubs of Artemisia, Atriplex, Helianthemum and Teucrium. There is an extensive and ongoing afforestation project, planting Pistacia, Pinus brutia and P. halepensis

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Francolin Francolinus francolinus resident  1993  common  B2  Least Concern 
Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus winter  1993  unknown  B2  Near Threatened 
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus breeding  1993  4 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  1993  15 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Endangered 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland   major
Shrubland   minor
Rocky areas   minor
Artificial - terrestrial   minor

Land use

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

Other biodiversity Mammals: Canis lupus (V), Gazella subgutturosa (rare); Equus hemionus hemippus (V) survived in this area until the 1930s. Flora: many endemics are confined to the isolated mountains in the Syrian Desert.

Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by Dr Ibrahim Hanna and Dr Amer Majid Agha (translated by S. Zaiane).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Jabal Abdul Aziz. Downloaded from on 31/10/2014

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