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Location Yemen, Al Hudaydah,Hajjah
Central coordinates 42o 50.00' East  16o 0.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B2, B3
Area 30,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Summary Surveyed occasionally since Evans (1994), including 2011. Site description: Evans (1994). Note this is the most extensive area of mangrove in Yemen, much in pristine condition.

Key Biodiversity Other birds: Only known breeding area in Yemen for Collared Kingfisher, Clamorous Reed Warbler and probably Mangrove Reed Warbler. Other wildlife: Dugong dugon (Vulnerable) and Chelonia mydas (Endangered)

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia winter  1993  90 individuals  poor  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Goliath Heron Ardea goliath non-breeding  1993  3 individuals  poor  B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Pink-backed Pelican Pelecanus rufescens non-breeding  1993  100 individuals  poor  B2  Least Concern 
Crab-plover Dromas ardeola passage  1993  100 individuals  poor  B3  Least Concern 
Crab-plover Dromas ardeola winter  1993  38 individuals  poor  B3  Least Concern 
Lesser Sandplover Charadrius mongolus passage  1993  1,000 individuals  poor  B1i  Least Concern 
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata passage  1993  250 individuals  poor  B1i  Near Threatened 
Broad-billed Sandpiper Calidris falcinellus passage  1993  400 individuals  poor  B1i  Least Concern 
White-cheeked Tern Sterna repressa passage  1993  120 individuals  poor  B3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2013 high not assessed negligible

Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Not assessed  negligible 


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture major
tourism/recreation minor

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Midi - Al-Luhayyah. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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