|Location||Syria, Al Hasakah|
|Central coordinates||41o 13.00' East 36o 23.00' North|
|Altitude||430 - 550m|
|Year of IBA assessment||1994|
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.
|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)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
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 http://www.birdlife.org on 31/08/2014
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