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Location United Arab Emirates, Umm al Qaywayn
Central coordinates 55o 38.00' East  25o 32.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B3
Area 5,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 1994





Site description A sheltered lagoon north-east of Umm al Quwain, containing intertidal mudflats (up to 400 m wide), islands and sparse mangrove Avicennia bounded inland by sabkhah and rolling dunes with salt-tolerant scrub. The area is difficult of access. Siniyah island (site 003) lies offshore. The site is used for small-scale fishing and for recreation.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Egretta gularis passage  1992  170 individuals  good  B1i  Not Recognised 
Crab-plover Dromas ardeola passage  1992  350 individuals  good  B3  Least Concern 
Crab-plover Dromas ardeola winter  1991-1992  403-600 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, B3  Least Concern 
Charadrius alexandrinus winter  1991-1992  180-310 individuals  good  B1i  Not Recognised 
Lesser Sandplover Charadrius mongolus winter  1992  500-1,124 individuals  good  B1i  Least Concern 
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica winter  1991-1992  790-1,300 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata winter  1992  1,300 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Near Threatened 
Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris winter  1992  90 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Vulnerable 
Saunders's Tern Sternula saundersi breeding  1992  unknown  B3  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Desert   minor
Sea   minor
Coastline   major
Forest   minor

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture major
Notes: Fisheries/aquaculture
tourism/recreation minor
Notes: Recreation
rangeland/pastureland minor

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by Colin Richardson.

References Uttley et al. (1988).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Khor al Beideh. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/07/2014

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