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Location Yemen, Al Hudaydah
Central coordinates 42o 26.00' East  15o 42.80' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B1ii, B2, B3
Area 5,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 36m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Summary Surveyed 1995 (Porter et al) & 2002 (Jennings et al). Site description: Evans (1994); Porter & Al-Saghier Sandgrouse 20 (1998) Sandgrouse; Jennings Phoenix 19 (2003).

Site description There are numerous islands north of Kamaran island which extend to the Farasan Bank of Saudi Arabia; they include: Kadaman, Hataban, Badi, Uqban, Kutamah, Qusur & Tiqfash.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia breeding  1993  6 breeding pairs  poor  B1i  Least Concern 
Red-billed Tropicbird Phaethon aethereus breeding  1993  10 breeding pairs  poor  B1ii  Least Concern 
Sooty Falcon Falco concolor breeding  1993  1 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Near Threatened 
Crab-plover Dromas ardeola non-breeding  1993  uncommon  B3  Least Concern 
White-eyed Gull Larus leucophthalmus breeding  1993  unknown  B2  Near Threatened 
White-eyed Gull Larus leucophthalmus passage  1993  200 individuals  poor  A1, A4i, B1i, B2  Near Threatened 
Sooty Gull Larus hemprichii passage  1993  300 individuals  poor  B3  Least Concern 
Lesser Crested Tern Thalasseus bengalensis passage  1993  1,000 individuals  poor  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
White-cheeked Tern Sterna repressa breeding  1993  100-1,000 breeding pairs  poor  B3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2013 high not assessed negligible

Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high

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


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture major
urban/industrial/transport minor
other minor
Notes: exploitation of seabird eggs/young

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Islands north of Al-Hudaydah. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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