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Location Yemen, Al Hudaydah
Central coordinates 42o 41.90' East  15o 21.40' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2, B3
Area 35,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Site description Ra's Isa is a headland pointing north-west into the Red Sea, towards the adjacent island of Kamaran; Bahr Ibn Abbas is the shallow, sheltered bay north of Ra's Isa. Kamaran (15°22'N 42°35'E; c.10,000 ha) is a low, flat, rather bare-looking island, separated from the mainland by a 2.5-km-wide channel that is less than 100 m deep.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Goliath Heron Ardea goliath non-breeding  1993  1 individuals  poor  B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Pink-backed Pelican Pelecanus rufescens resident  1993  12 individuals  poor  B2  Least Concern 
White-eyed Gull Larus leucophthalmus passage  1993  10-30 individuals  poor  A1, B2  Near Threatened 
Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia passage  1993  100 individuals  poor  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
White-cheeked Tern Sterna repressa non-breeding  1993  125 individuals  poor  B3  Least Concern 


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
urban/industrial/transport minor
fisheries/aquaculture major
agriculture minor
rangeland/pastureland major

Other biodiversity Mammals: there are or were wild Gazella on Kamaran, of unknown species: a horn found in 1979 is the last known record. Feeding whales and dolphins are frequent offshore (e.g. Sousa); a population of Dugong dugon (V) occurs in Bahr Ibn Abbas. Reptiles: the area is probably an important feeding ground for sea-turtles (globally threatened).

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bahr Ibn Abbas - Ra's Isa. Downloaded from on 30/07/2014

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