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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.

Key Biodiversity See box for key species. The site has been little investigated but held c.10,000 waterbirds in October-November 1986. The wintering Dromas ardeola are believed to breed on Abu al Abyadh island (site 017). At least 30 pairs of Egretta gularis breed on the adjacent island of Ghubbah.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

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  Near Threatened 
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  Endangered 
Saunders's Tern Sternula saundersi breeding  1992  unknown  B3  Least Concern 


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

Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by Colin Richardson.

References Uttley et al. (1988).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Khor al Beideh. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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