|Location||Syria, Rif Dimashq|
|Central coordinates||37o 22.00' East 33o 18.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A4i, B2, B3|
|Altitude||600 - 975m|
|Year of IBA assessment||1994|
Site description A huge, extinct volcanic crater, the largest of many within a huge basalt lava field which covers much of southern Syria and northern Jordan. Jabal Sis (Sies) lies near the eastern edge of the basalt, 100 km east-south-east of Damascus and 55 km south of the main road running east from Damascus to Iraq. The volcano rises about 100 m above the surrounding plain. Spring rain lies in small lakes and pools in scattered pans of impermeable clay, and there is a rain-fed lake at the foot of Jabal Sis itself. Vegetation is sparse. The terrain is impassable to vehicles except along tracks, of which there are few. Nomadic pastoralists graze large flocks in the area in spring and early summer.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Sand Partridge Ammoperdix heyi||resident||1993||present||-||B3||Least Concern|
|Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos tracheliotos||non-breeding||1968||1 individuals||poor||B2||Vulnerable|
|Chlamydotis undulata||breeding||1976||1 mature individuals||poor||B2||Not Recognised|
|Greater Sandplover Charadrius leschenaultii||breeding||1993||100 individuals||poor||A4i||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity No information.
Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by M. I. Evans.
References Macfarlane (1978).
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