email a friend
printable version
Location Yemen, Al Mahwit
Central coordinates 43o 35.82' East  15o 29.76' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3, B2, B3
Area 9,200 ha
Altitude 670 - 1,900m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Summary Regularly, but not comprehensively visited 1995 – 2011.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Arabian Partridge Alectoris melanocephala resident  1993  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus resident  1985  present  B2  Near Threatened 
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus resident  1979-1985  20 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 
Dusky Turtle-dove Streptopelia lugens resident  1993  present  A3  Least Concern 
Arabian Woodpecker Dendropicos dorae resident  1993  common  A1, A3, B2  Vulnerable 
Brown Woodland-warbler Phylloscopus umbrovirens resident  1993  present  A3  Least Concern 
Tristram's Starling Onychognathus tristramii resident  1993  abundant  A3  Least Concern 
Yemen Thrush Turdus menachensis resident  1993  frequent  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 
Arabian Waxbill Estrilda rufibarba resident  1993  common  A2, A3, B3  Least Concern 
Olive-rumped Serin Serinus rothschildi resident  1993  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yemen Linnet Carduelis yemenensis resident  1993  common  A2, A3, B3  Least Concern 
Cinereous Bunting Emberiza cineracea winter  1985  6 individuals  poor  A1, B2  Near Threatened 

IBA Monitoring

2013 medium not assessed negligible

Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities likely in long term (beyond 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration medium

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


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

Land use

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

Contribute  Please click here to help BirdLife conserve the world's birds - your data for this IBA and others are vital for helping protect the environment.

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

To provide new information to update this factsheet or to correct any errors, please email BirdLife