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Location Yemen, Al Mahwit,San'a'
Central coordinates 43o 53.22' East  15o 30.24' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3, B2, B3
Area 8,600 ha
Altitude 2,600 - 3,000m
Year of IBA assessment 1994





Summary Regularly visited 1994 – 2013, but no comprehensive surveys.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Philby's Partridge Alectoris philbyi resident  1993  frequent  A2, A3, B3  Least Concern 
Arabian Partridge Alectoris melanocephala resident  1993  frequent  A3, B3  Least Concern 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca winter  1993  uncommon  B2  Vulnerable 
Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus resident  1993  2 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Near Threatened 
Dusky Turtle-dove Streptopelia lugens resident  1993  present  A3  Least Concern 
Hume's Owl Strix butleri resident  1993  present  B3  Least Concern 
Arabian Woodpecker Dendropicos dorae resident  1993  uncommon  A3, B2  Vulnerable 
Brown Woodland-warbler Phylloscopus umbrovirens resident  1993  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yemen Warbler Sylvia buryi resident  1993  uncommon  A1, A2, A3, B2  Vulnerable 
Small Whitethroat Sylvia minula winter  1993  common  B3  Least Concern 
Tristram's Starling Onychognathus tristramii resident  1993  common  A3  Least Concern 
Yemen Thrush Turdus menachensis resident  1993  uncommon  A1, A2, A3, B2  Vulnerable 
Arabian Wheatear Oenanthe lugentoides resident  1993  common  A3  Least Concern 
Little Rock-thrush Monticola rufocinereus resident  1993  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yemen Accentor Prunella fagani resident  1993  frequent  A1, A2, A3, B2  Near Threatened 
Olive-rumped Serin Serinus rothschildi resident  1993  common  A3  Least Concern 
Yemen Serin Serinus menachensis resident  1993  common  A2, A3, B3  Least Concern 
Yemen Linnet Carduelis yemenensis resident  1993  common  A2, A3, B3  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   major
Grassland   major
Shrubland   minor
Rocky areas   major

Land use

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kawkaban - Shibam. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/09/2014

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