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Location Yemen, Al Hudaydah
Central coordinates 43o 0.00' East  15o 41.00' North
IBA criteria A3, B2, B3
Area 15,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 500m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Site description An area of flat wadi-spread on the Red Sea Tihamah plain of western Yemen. Wadi Mawr is the largest wadi on the western watershed of Yemen, and has an enormous catchment area in the mountains of northern Yemen; occasional floods reach far onto the Tihamah.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Arabian Bustard Ardeotis arabs resident  1985  7 individuals  poor  A3, B2  Near Threatened 
African Collared-dove Streptopelia roseogrisea resident  1985  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black Scrub-robin Cercotrichas podobe resident  1985  present  A3  Least Concern 
Nile Valley Sunbird Anthreptes metallicus resident  1985  present  A3  Least Concern 
Arabian Golden Sparrow Passer euchlorus resident  1985  common  A3, B3  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   major
Grassland   major
Savanna   major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture major
rangeland/pastureland major

Other biodiversity Mammals: unidentified Gazella sp. (V) present in the uncultivated Tamarix woodland and western semi-desert areas during the 1980s.

Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by M. I. Evans.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Wadi Mawr - Al-Zuhrah. Downloaded from on 25/07/2014

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