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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

Site description The highest mountain on the Arabian peninsula, 35 km south-west of Sana'a, lying on the crest of the Red Sea escarpment where it meets the high, inter-montane plains to the east. The area defined here is the land above the 3,000 m contour to the summit at 3,666 m.

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 


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

Other biodiversity Reptiles: Agama yemenensis (endemic), Pristurus popovi (endemic). Flora: there is a rich Afroalpine vegetation with many endemics.

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

References Evans (1987).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Jabal al-Nabi Shu'ayb. Downloaded from on 23/07/2014

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