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Location Syria, Al Hasakah
Central coordinates 41o 13.00' East  36o 23.00' North
IBA criteria B2
Area 80,000 ha
Altitude 430 - 550m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Syrian Society for the Conservation of Wildlife (Affiliate)

Site description A mesotrophic, spring-fed, natural lake (its area is variously quoted as being from 50 ha to c.800 ha) together with the surrounding 'clay' desert, c.50 km east of Al-Hasakah and between the small settlements of Khatuniyah and Al-Hul (6 km from the international border). The mean depth of the lake is or was 8 m, and the vegetation includes Tamarix. The lake is used for fishing, hunting and recreation, and the surrounding area for grazing.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug non-breeding  1993  unknown  B2  Endangered 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Desert   major
Wetlands (inland)   1%
Grassland   minor

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 1%
hunting 1%
tourism/recreation 1%
rangeland/pastureland major

Other biodiversity Mammals: Canis lupus (V), Gazella subgutturosa (rare).

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

References Luther and Rzóska (1971).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Buhayrat al-Khatuniyah. Downloaded from on 16/09/2014

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