Sites - Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)
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Syria, Ar Raqqah
38o 38.00' East 35o 52.00' North
Year of IBA assessment
Syrian Society for the Conservation of Wildlife (Affiliate)
Site description A shallow, 10-km-long lake formed by a dam on the Euphrates (Al-Furat) at Mansurah, less than 10 km to the east of and below the main dam of Buhayrat al-Assad (Lake Assad) at Tabqa. The upper reaches are particularly shallow with a number of islands fringed by Phragmites reedbeds.
Key Biodiversity Thousands of roosting and loafing wildfowl occur in winter, especially ducks. The site has been surveyed only once in any detail, in November 1992, when wintering or migrating species included Ardea cinerea (80), Anser albifrons (800), Anas penelope (900), A. strepera (700), Fulica atra (5,000), Larus sp. (1,000–2,000), Alcedo atthis (40), Ceryle rudis (40) and Merops superciliosus (800).