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Location Yemen, San'a'
Central coordinates 43o 58.44' East  15o 16.68' North
IBA criteria A2, B2, B3
Area 5,700 ha
Altitude 3,000 - 3,666m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Summary Occasionally visited since Evans (1994).

Site description Highest mountain in Arabia; South West of Sana’a.

Key Biodiversity This site needs a full survey and the bird data below is considered incomplete. It is highly likely that several other range-restricted and/or endemic species occur.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Philby's Partridge Alectoris philbyi resident  1993  common  A2, B3  Least Concern 
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus resident  1993  common  B2  Least Concern 
Yemen Serin Serinus menachensis resident  1993  common  A2, B3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2013 very high not assessed negligible

Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration very high

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


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

Land use

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Jabal al-Nabi Shu'ayb. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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